Mire's film recalls Cajun interpreters' role in World War II

On Tuesday at 8 p.m., “Mon Cher Camarade,” a new film by Louisiana filmmaker and Eunice native Pat Mire will be shown on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

The hour-long documentary tells the story -- never before told -- of the role of French-speaking Cajun soldiers in WWII France.

Hundreds of French-Louisiana Cajuns served as interpreters for their field commanders during WWII and several of them were secret agents who passed as locals to work with the French underground.

“Mon Cher Camarade” blends an original music sound track, 35mm film footage and HD interviews with stunning archival footage in a storytelling fashion that puts the storytelling where it belongs -- on the shoulders of those veterans.

The film features WWII veterans Carroll Mestayer of Loreauville, Felix Mire of Eunice, Robert LeBlanc of Abbeville, Lee Bernard of Erath, and the spirit of Sam S. Broussard of Breaux Bridge and hundreds of other French-speaking Cajun soldiers.

The film premiered in Lafayette on November 21 at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE).

Director Mire, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, has nine previous films to his credit, including “Anything I Catch: The Handfishing Story,” “Dirty Rice,” “Against the Tide: The Story of the Cajun People of Louisiana,” and “Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras.”

This film was made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and was produced in conjunction with Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

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