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Zachary Richard performs at the 'Louisiana Rising' benefit concert at the River Center Theatre in Baton Rouge in September 2016. Richard stars in the new documentary, 'Zachary Richard: Cajun Heart.'

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A documentary on the history of the Cajun people makes its Baton Rouge premiere next week.

"Zachary Richard: Cajun Heart," starring the international singer and composer, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, 2825 Government St.

Helmed by Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau, the project "follows Richard on his quest to understand why Acadians and Cajuns are such a resilient people and to assess the status of the Acadian identity today," according to a news release.

The film made its world premiere in November 2016 at the Festival International du Cinema Francophone en Acadie. It was shown to a 700-plus sold-out crowd at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and won the festival's best documentary and audience awards.

Richard will attend Thursday's premiere.

"It was thrilling to see this documentary receive such acclaim in Canada and also internationally, which makes me all the more eager for my fellow Louisianians to have a chance to watch this film," Richard said. "I appreciate CODOFIL, La Fondation Louisiane, and Baton Rouge High for making it accessible to south Louisiana audiences, including students."

Dr. William Arceneaux, president of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), called the film "a stunning documentary: cinematic, educational, moving and entertaining."

“We are very grateful to Mr. Jean-Claude Bellefeuille, the producer of 'Zachary Richard: Cajun Heart,' for creating this poignant film about one of Louisiana’s most heralded native sons,” Arceneaux said.

General admission tickets to the premiere are $5 for students and $25 for adults. They are available at www.cajunheart.eventbrite.com or at the door the evening of the screening. Free parking is available at the Ogden Street entrance to the school.

The event is hosted by the Baton Rouge Chapter of CODOFIL and sponsored by La Fondation Louisiane, a non-profit organization supporting French language, culture and heritage in Louisiana. All proceeds from the screening will go to support the mission of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL).