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THE ONE ABOUT THE YEAR IT WAS AND THE YEAR IT WILL BE

By Didier Allouch, host of Rendz-vous d'Amérique

My dear francophiles, francovorous and francophageous friends, as 2020 is getting closer and closer, maybe it would be time to take a look back and see what the year 2019 was like, don’t you think?

"It was a beautiful year, 'une belle année'."

Well, we do, since that’s exactly what we’re doing with the new episode of Rendez-Vous D’Amérique; we look back on the year in terms of francophones cultural events in America.

We covered a lot of great stuff. From Charlotte Gainsbourg getting an award and graciously accepting to give us an interview, to our own private visit of the Getty Museum orchestrated by a wonderful French curator, Jean-Pierre Jeunet coming back to Hollywood for the nearly 20th anniversary of his Alien, a dream concert at the Disney Hall, and a French artist building his goalless stairwell in the middle of the desert.

We could also talk about the wonderful and beautiful Aissa Maïga, the French actress met at the last Sundance Film Festival. She was so happy to be in the festival, so excited about presenting her new film, a drama set in Africa called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. She was so smart and convincing when she talked about what it means to be a Black actress in the movie industry today. It was a wonderful encounter.

There was also the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal. A pretty old orchestra, but they were playing for the first time at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. Their emotion and their joy were almost tangible.

We could also return to the unforgettable night we spend with the Lost Bayou Ramblers when they introduced the documentary On Va Continuer! at the premiere, in a New Orleans theater. The documentary about a year in the life of this crazy band that keeps singing in French their incredibly contagious Cajun songs premiered on TV5MONDE the next day. The party in New Orleans was huge. They came on stage, started playing and singing, the crowd went wild. It was a crazy night!

And there were many, many more stories of events with a French accent that we would have loved to squeeze in this retrospective, but there wasn't enough time in the show.

Yes, it was a beautiful year, “une belle année," for all French-speaking things in the US.

And, you know what, 2020 doesn’t seem bad either.

Let me make you a promise, we will share each and every one of theses greats events with you, every 2 weeks, on Rendez-Vous d’Amérique, on TV5MONDE of course…

To learn more about an incredible year of French cultural events in the US, tune-in to the latest episode of Rendez-vous d’Amérique on TV5MONDE USA.

Exploring a diversity of culture entwined with the insatiable energy of New York’s theaters, the bright lights of Las Vegas Blvd, the inspirational beauty of Louisiana’s bayous and beyond - Rendez-vous d'Amérique invites you on a journey to discover Francophone culture in America. Your host on this cultural experience is Didier Allouch - reporter, cinephile, and a familiar face on the red carpet. Click here to learn how you can subscribe to TV5MONDE USA and never miss an episode!

 
This holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect on a year of French culture in America.
"And, you know what, 2020 doesn’t seem bad either."
May the year ahead bring you excitement and joy!