The Alliance Francaise of Northwestern Connecticut (AFNWCT) will sponsor a lecture, “French Influence in the Caribbean,” Saturday, April 14, at 10:30  a.m. at the Barn Club, 558 Main Street South, Woodbury.  Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be
served. The speaker is Dr. Leslie Desmangles, a native of Haiti and professor of international relations at Trinity College in Hartford. The program will be in French.

The same weekend, AFNWCT will show a French film Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at The Barn Club, 558 Main Street South, Woodbury. Admission is $5 and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  The film, in French with English subtitles, stars French actress Irene Jacob, who won a prize for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Commentary on the film will be offered in English by Nunzio DeFilippis, an International Film instructor at the
University of Connecticut, Waterbury.  Reservations are requested for both programs as space is limited. Call: 203-263-4096, or e-mail:

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