Addressing the theme of the resilience of the Acadian people, this film follows singer-songwriter Zachary Richard on his quest to find the true Acadian identity today. Zachary traces the journey of his fascinating heritage through the three Maritime Provinces and Louisiana, seeking to understand how history has molded the Acadian culture. He makes a new discovery about his own ancestors, the Richard's and the Boudreaux's, who built Acadie for a century and a half before resisting against the British during the Great Upheaval -- le Grand Derangement -- of 1755 and 1758. Zachary walks for the first time in his ancestors' ancient villages, where they lived and thrived, only to find themselves in refugee camps where they suffered famine and starvation. Finally captured and imprisoned at George Island in the Halifax Harbor, these ancestors then embark on their first migration toward Louisiana.

Coming back to Louisiana, where his ancestors have now lived for 250 years and were influenced by Native Americans, Zachary asks his Cajun peers what they view as the relevance of their Acadian ancestry. With all of the troubling events of this history, will Zachary reconcile himself with his Acadian past, forgiving the executioners, to better face the future?

English and French with English subtitles.

Filmmaker Phil Comeau and Zachary Richard will attend the film screening.

Phil Comeau
Jean-Claude Bellefeuille
79 Minutes
Québec, Canada
Watch the Trailer
1/25/17 6:30pm at Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA)
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