Fri 10 Nov • 20:00 • Watershed
Opening Film + Actor’s Q&A
Director: Alain Gomis
Cast: Véro Tshanda Beya, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka
France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon, 2017, 123 mins, Lingala with English subtitles, 15
Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa to earn a living. When she takes to the stage, she leaves the world and her worries behind. However, in the Congolese capital, great wealth is juxtaposed by dire need, and when Félicité’s son has a terrible accident, she desperately struggles to raise the money needed for his operation. She encounters hostility and hopelessness in the streets of Kinshasa, until one of the bar’s regulars offers to help her – an offer that is hard to refuse. With the internationally renowned musical collective The Kasai Allstars starring as Félicité’s backing band, and the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra adding to the soundtrack, music is the beating heart of this vibrant film and provides a sensual backdrop to life in the complex city. It is an unflinching and evocative account of a mother’s will to save her son and to sing her song in a city plagued with hardship.