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thumbnail Félicité (2017 France/Senegal)

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Director: Alain Gomis
Starring: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka
Genre: Drama
Duration: 123 mins

The first film Senegal has sent for consideration for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. Congolese singer-turned-actress Véro Tshanda Beya proves entirely mesmerizing in the title role as charismatic Afropop singer working in an alleyway night club in Kinshasa. Her fierce independence is put to the test when her son, Samo, has a motorbike accident that leaves him hospitalized and in danger of losing his leg. Due to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s cash-on-the-barrelhead medical system, Félicité must scrape together a large advance payment in order for Samo to receive treatment. The movie is a virtual documentary of city sights and moods, and also a bitter exposé of a country without a social safety net.

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