Mire's "Dirty Rice" film to be shown

Award-winning filmmaker Pat Mire will share his classic film, “Dirty Rice,” kicking off a slate of public events as Rayne celebrates Acadian Day.

“Dirty Rice” will be shown Friday, Aug.14, at 8 p.m. at

American Legion Post 77, 213 American Legion Dr. The feature film, created in 1997, tells the story of a Cajun man who returns to the coastal prairie to rediscover his roots and reclaim his heritage. The showing supports the Rayne Historic District Association with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

“I felt it was time to show this film again,” said Mire. “It captures the essence of life on the Cajun prairie – and there are a generation of new, Acadiana filmmakers who have not had the opportunity to see it.”

Along with Mire, visual artist Robert Dafford will be honored in a private reception at Antiques on the Avenue, 201 E. Louisiana Ave.

A series of Dafford prints, “Le Grand Derangement,” will be exhibited at Antiques on the Avenue Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other events, sponsored by La Table Francaise de Rayne, begin in Depot Square Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., including a public reading of the story of Le Grand Derangment (Explusion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia), in both French and English, and live Cajun music.

There will also be a blessed in French and an honor guard of flags.

An exhibit of antiques will also be displayed.

An “art trail” will visit Deja Rue, Antiques on the Avenue and Maison Daboval Gallery.

For more information, visit www.patmirefilms.com

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