Francophonie Celebrations in New Zealand in March 2022 [fr]

The French language and francophone cultures in all their diversity

Each year in March, lovers of the French language celebrate, across the five continents, the cultural and linguistic richness and diversity of la Francophonie.

20 March - International Francophonie Day

La francophonie (lower case) refers to all those who share a common language: French. It is estimated there are 300 million French-speakers worldwide. La Francophonie (capital letter) is an institution, with 88 francophone member countries, dedicated to promoting cultural and linguistic diversity: the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) [International Organisation of La Francophonie].

La F/francophonie is very diverse. Francophones, who share French as either their mother tongue or as a second language, live across the five continents. Each year on 20 March, they all get together and share their passion for la F/francophonie. This date refers to the launch of the Agence de coopération culturelle et technique [Agency of Cultural and Technical Cooperation], created on that day in 1970 in Niamey (Niger), which is now the OIF.


12 to 20 March - French Language and Francophonie Week

Initiated by the French Ministry of Culture, La Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie [French Language and Francophonie Week] is a worldwide celebration in the French cultural network in France and overseas, which concludes on 20 March - la Journée internationale de la Francophonie [International Francophonie Day].

2022 Celebrations: Programme



Djeacutêê gôrô djawë (A Story about Water, Jeanne Vassard, New Caledonia, 2014)

Languages: French, Paicî, Cèmuhî & Nengone (kanak native languages). Subtitles: English.
Streaming expired on 1 April 2022.

This film tells the story of a young woman living in Noumea, far from her tribe and her family in the North of the country. When running water is cut off in the slum where she lives ("squat"), the community must find a solution to pay the bill. They decide to organise a Bingo.
Classification: PG (coarse language).
Facilitated by the Government of New Caledonia, Official representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand.

The Fruitless Tree (Aïcha Macky, Niger/France, 2016)

Languages: Hausa, French. Subtitles: French, English.
Streaming expired on 1 April 2022.

As a married but childless woman, Aïcha finds herself in a situation that is totally ‘out of the ordinary’ in her country. But just like everywhere else in the world today, Niger experiences problems with infertility. Based on her personal story, Aïcha Macky explores the private suffering of women in her situation with great sensitivity, speaking openly as a childless woman amongst mothers.
Classification: PG (containing material more suited for mature audiences).
Facilitated by the Embassy of France in New Zealand.

Roll the Drum! (François-Christophe Marzal/Nicolas Frey, Switzerland, 2019)

Language: French. Subtitles: English.
Streaming expired on 1 April 2022.

In the beginning of Spring 1970, the small village of Monchoux in Valais is experiencing unusual agitation. Is it because of the vote on the women’s right to vote? Or because of the upcoming referendum on the expulsion of foreigners? No, it’s worse: the village brass band has imploded! Half of the village will say it is Aloy’s fault, the other half will respond that it is Pierre’s. The dissent will be political, musical and amorous.
Classified 8 (12) in Switzerland.
Facilitated by the Embassy of Switzerland in New Zealand.

Mắt biếc (Dreamy Eyes, Victor Vu, Vietnam, 2019)

Language: Vietnamese. Subtitles: English.
Streaming expired on 1 April 2022.

Mắt biếc, or Dreamy Eyes, is a poetic portrayal of childhood, and a love that spans through decades. The film tells the story of Ngan and Ha Lan, childhood friends from a village name Dodo, following them through the different stages of their lives. From children to adolescents to adults, the film is a coming-of-age film that portrays both the romanticised notion of childhood, and the harsh realities of adulthood. With exquisite tenderness, Dreamy Eyes begins with images that are bathed in golden light, each picture-perfect scene viewed through the lens of childlike wonder.
Classification: PG.
Facilitated by the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in New Zealand

Francophonia - Make the voice of the Francophonie heard all around the world

During Dubai World Expo, the OIF invites all francophones to record themselves saying an idiom, in French, illustrating one of the following 3 themes: motivation, sharing, wisdom. All the voices will then be mixed by a famous French-speaking DJ to create a sound on the occasion of the International Day of La Francophonie on 20 March 2022. Take part in this experience:


Organised by Alliance Française Auckland

Info and bookings:

  • Photo Exhibition: ‘Mémoire d’Europe’ by Pascal Dosset, 15 to 19 March
  • ‘Club des Gastronomes’ dinner: 16 March at 7pm, Le Garde-Manger restaurant
  • Children Workshop: ‘Discover Europe’, 17 March at 4.30pm
  • Outdoor Movie Night: He Even Has Your Eyes (Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Belgique/France, 2016), 18 March at 7.30pm


Organised by Alliance Française Wellington

Info and bookings:

  • DELF-DALF 2021 Diploma Ceremony, 16 March at 7pm
  • Francophonie Quiz Night, 18 March at 6pm (postponed until further notice)

Palmerston North

Organised by Alliance Française Palmerston North

Francophonie movie screenings, Globe Theatre, 11 to 20 March
Info and bookings:

  • Goodbye Happiness (Ken Scott, Québec, 2011), Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mali/France, 2013), French Tech (Bruno Podalydès, France, 2020), OSS 117: From Africa With Love (Nicolas Bedos, France, 2021), Haute Couture (Sylvie Ohayon, France, 2021),, Red Soil (Farid Bentoumi, Belgique/France, 2020), That Man From Rio (Philippe De Broca, Brésil/France, 1963), All Hands On Deck (Guillaume Brac, France, 2020), Sophie’s Misfortunes (Christophe Honoré, France, 2015), Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï (François Desagnat, France, 2020).

‘La Plume d’Or’ Creative Writing Contest - 24 March, 6.30 to 8.30pm. Open to students of the AF. Level A2 minimum. Sign up here:


Organised by Alliance Française Nelson-Tasman

Info and bookings:

  • French Classic Film Evening: 18 March at 7.30pm, Monaco Boat Club (movie to be revealed then - it’s a surprise)
  • Yoga en Français with Sue Hallas, 24 March, 6.45 to 7.45pm, Yoga Jai
  • Dîner au parc en blanc, 26 March, 5.30pm (location to be confirmed)


Organised by Alliance Française Hamilton

Information and bookings:

Francophone movie screenings:

  • All Hands On Deck (Guillaume Brac, France, 2020), 19 March at 7pm, University of Waikato
  • Vanille (Guillaume Lorin, France, 2020), 26 March at 3pm, Chartwell Cooperating Church

2022 Francophonie celebrations in New Zealand are brought to you by the Alliances Françaises in New Zealand, the Embassy of France in New Zealand, the Government of New Caledonia, the Official representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, the Embassy of Switzerland in New Zealand, the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in New Zealand.

With the participation of the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in New Zealand.

2021 Celebrations

The Alliances Françaises of New Zealand, passionate about the French language and the francophone cultures, have put together a series of cultural events : movie screenings, cooking classes, exhibitions, yoga classes and more.

Movies to discover included:

Papicha by Mounia Meddour (Algeria)
Available in Christchurch, Palmerston North, Nelson
Algiers, 1990s. Nedjma, an 18 year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War to keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting up a fashion show.

Arab Blues by Manele Labidi (Tunisia)
Available in Hamilton, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Nelson
After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma has returned to Tunis. Back home, her younger cousin can’t figure out why she’d leave the French capital, her aunt is overbearing, and her uncle is only giving her a matter of weeks to crash in the apartment above their house. Selma, nonetheless, is steadfast in her resolve: she wants to open up a psychotherapy practice.

System K by Renaud Barret (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Available in Palmerston North
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2017. In the urban jungle counting over 13 million inhabitants, amid social and political chaos, an eclectic and bubbling street art scene is emerging. Underground visual artists, musicians and performers create out of nothing, using recycled objects and their own bodies to express their anger, but also their dreams for change.

Minga and the Broken Spoon by Claye Edou (Cameroon)
Available in Christchurch, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson
Minga is an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she washes the dishes in the river, she accidentally brakes a spoon. A furious Mami Kaba chases her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden by her late mother. An adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest.

Le Brio by Yvan Attal (France)
Available in Auckland, Palmerston North
Neïla Salah grew up in Créteil and dreams of becoming a lawyer. She now attends the prestigious Assas University in Paris. After an incident, Pierre Mazard, a brilliant professor known for his outbursts, is forced to mentor Neïla whom he wronged for a speech contest.

Miss by Ruben Alves (France)
Available in Wellington
Alex is a gracious 9-year-old who dreams of winning Miss France. 15 years later, Alex has lost his parents, his confidence and is stuck in monotonous life. When he bumps into a childhood friend who has since become a boxing champion, Alex tells himself that perhaps everything is possible. Supported by his chosen family, he decides to take part in the beauty pageant.

Sink or Swim by Gilles Lellouche (France)
Available in Palmerston North, Nelson, Motueka
A group of men in their 40s, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, put together their pool’s first all-male synchronized swimming team coached by Delphine, a former discipline champion.

Notre Dame by Valérie Donzelli (France)
Available in Palmerston North
Maud Crayon was born in the Vosges and now lives in Paris. She is an architect, mother of 2, and wins the opportunity to refurbish the iconic Notre Dame. Personal and professional issues stand in comical tension as she goes through an emotional storm.

Dernière modification : 01/04/2022

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