Félicité sings in a club, barely scraping a living in the tough city of Kinshasa — grittily, vividly conveyed here. Even fixing her fridge seems too much. Then her son is badly injured in an accident and the fiercely independent Félicité must ask for help to raise the huge price of the surgery he needs. This film explores the resilience of people who find small ways to transcend their troubles and acknowledge their kinship.

félicité (2017)


Democratic Republic of the Congo


Lingala and French, with English subtitles




Alain Gomis

Alain Gomis

Alain Gomis

Alain Gomis is a Franco-Bissau Guinean-Senegalese director born in 1972 in France, where he grew up. In 2001, his first feature-length film, L’Afrance, won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Tey, starring Saul Williams, was selected for competition at Berlin and won the Golden Stallion at Fespaco in 2013. A partner at Granit Films, Gomis also works on a training programme for young filmmakers and technicians in Senegal. Félicité is his fourth feature-length film.

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