Pat Mire’s “Mon Cher Camarade” Premieres in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian

3 April 2010

A large and lively crowd of Francophiles, history buffs, Cajun culture fans and Louisiana expatriates attended the Washington, D.C. premiere of Pat Mire’s “Mon Cher Camarade” this past week at the Smithsonian’s Carmichael Auditorium in the American History Museum. Following the screening, Pat joined Quebec Government Office head Jean-Stephane Bernard on stage for an extended Q & A session about the film, Cajun history and culture, and Louisiana’s French heritage. As audience member Betsy Herpin St. Louis put it, while her father, a native of Ossun, Louisiana, served in France and Belgium during WWII and told stories of translating, “until your film, we had no idea how extensive the use of Cajun soldiers was during the war.” “Mon Cher Camarade,” which was screened in a Blu-ray format that fully revealed the beauty of the film’s 35mm and HD footage, as well as Sam Broussard’s original music score, was one of six films selected to screen as part of the Francophonie Cultural Festival 2010 and was the only film screened from the United States.