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Harpur Cinema – “Félicité”
March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$4.00
“Félicité” – Alain Gomis – Senegal/France/Belgium/Lebanon – 2017 – 129 min.
With this beautiful and powerful portrait of Félicité, an ordinary woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a single mother struggling against poverty and daily challenges, Gomis avoids the stereotypical image of African mothers often found in cinema, and instead develops a multi-faceted experience in its most specific and its most shared. He participates in the reversal of the old perspectives center/margins, and in “the collapse of the fake dichotomies and the lazy borders” (Achille Mbembe and Felwine Sarr). “Félicité speaks to the world through the song of a single mother, from the stage of a small bar in Kinshasa” (Le Monde).
Won: Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear – Chicago International Film Festival – Istanbul International Film Festival – Ouagadougou Panafrican Film Festival, Grand Prize
Nominated: Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Bear – Jerusalem Film Festival – Lumière Awards – Sydney Film Festival