(Alain Gomis, 2017, France/Belgium/Senegal/Germany/Lebanon, DCP, 123 min)
The award-winning drama Félicité stars Congolese musician Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu as a nightclub singer who learns that her teenage son has been gravely injured in a motorcycle accident. As she races across Kinshasa to gather money for her son’s operation, director Alain Gomis juxtaposes Félicité’s dreamlike journey with her music, performed by Mputu with her ensemble, the Kasai Allstars. Gomis will appear in person for a discussion with a panel of Northwestern students and scholars.
In person: filmmaker Alain Gomis
Co-sponsored by Block Cinema and the Northwestern Program in African Studies