20 March 2017: French Language Day at the UN
On the occasion of French Language Day at the United Nations, come this Monday 20 March at 12 :30 watch this francophone animation movie « Aya de Yopougon » adapted from acclaimed graphic novels. In French with English subtitles.
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On the occasion of French Language Day at the United Nations, the Group of francophone Ambassadors, in cooperation with the United Nations Information service (UNIS) Vienna, invite you to the screening of the animation movie « Aya de Yopougon » in the cinema room of the VIC (G0575) on Monday 20 March 2017 at 12:30.
End of the 1970s in Côte d’Ivoire, in Yopougon, a vibrant, densely-populated neighbourhood of Abidjan. This is where Aya lives. She’s a serious 19-year-old who prefers studying at home rather than going out with her friends. Aya’s life is about school, family and her two best friends Adjoua and Bintou to whom dancing at nightfall in the ‘’maquis’’ matters more than anything else…
This animation is an adaptation, by its authors, of the acclaimed graphic novels of the same name translated in more than 17 languages.
UN language days were introduced in 2010. Their purpose is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. Under the initiative, UN duty stations around the world celebrate six separate days, each dedicated to one of the Organization’s six official languages. Language Days at the UN aim to entertain as well as inform, with the goal of increasing awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community.
Along with English, French is one of the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, and one of the Organization’s six official languages. With an estimated 275 million speakers, French is the 9th most widely spoken language on the planet and the only one, together with English, to be spoken on all five continents.
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