On December 16, the U.S. Embassy welcomed 53 students and teachers from Lycée Général Leclerc secondary school for a “Hollywood in Yaounde” film screening program at the James Baldwin Information Resource Center (IRC). The feature was the 1990 Christmas holiday film “Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin and directed by John Hughes. The movie was selected for this special audience of 13 to 15 year old students, who also enjoyed drinks and popcorn.
Welcoming the students, Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II highlighted the United States of America’s commitment to supporting the aspirations of children, youth, women, and girls around the world. “President Obama has two daughters whom he and First Lady Michelle Obama love very much. They have said that they want the same opportunities for all girls here in Africa. Ambassador Michael S. Hoza has conveyed this message in Cameroon too. You are all very important and are the future of Cameroon. We admire your teachers who are committed to giving you the best education, and are impressed with your dedication to study and persevere to reach your goals. Always have self-confidence as you pursue your dreams. We hope that you enjoy the film, which is based on an American family, their holiday adventures, and relationships with one another,” he said.
The students were also welcomed by IRC Director Mathias Tientcheu, Social Media Manager Dorine Takam, and reference librarians Edna Enyeji and Mabel B. Foncham-Chingang, who highlighted the importance of education and the need to respect and value others through mutual understanding and self-development. The film screening was followed by a question and answer session during which the students shared the lessons learned from the movie, including the universal values shared by Cameroonians and Americans of love for community and family unity. See Facebook album of program: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156314385705716.1073742144.312546460715&type=3.
“Hollywood in Yaounde” is an American feature film series initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde to offer Cameroonians the best of American cinema. The next edition will take place on January 13, 2016. For more information on IRC programs, please see our website: https://cm.usembassy.gov/education-culture/irc/.