This Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner weaves a story around a resilient Kinshasa singer who has to fight for her child’s survival.

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Dir-Scr Alain Gomis
Prod Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Oumar Sall
With Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, le Kasai Allstars
UK Distribution MUBI

Alain Gomis’ poetic sensibilities are to the fore in this 2017 Berlin Film Festival winner as he weaves a compelling tale about a resilient woman in Kinshasa. Félicité is the singer at a popular but dingy bar in the Congolese capital. Audiences flock to see her, enraptured by her soulful and sombre performances. When her son is involved in a terrible accident, Félicité must race to raise the money needed to pay for an urgent operation. But seeking help from spurned admirer Tabu might be a decision she will come to regret. Actors Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu and Papi Mpaka brilliantly articulate the issues raised by Gomis’ film, of the harassment women experience in their everyday lives. The other star in this heartfelt drama is the music, performed with passion and verve by the fabulous Kasai Allstars, who bring an additional level of compassion to this profoundly moving and rewarding film.

Keith Shiri

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Alain Gomis, Director; Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Cast

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