Beya ... arrives fully formed here as a figure of enormous dignity and warmth, a pillar of resilience who is nonetheless all-too-humanly susceptible to exhaustion, grief and despair.

— Justin Chang, LA Times


Film • Jan 17

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This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series

Director: Alain Gomis

Grand Jury Prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival and this year’s official entry for Senegal for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. Set in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, French Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ Félicité is a documentary-style portrait of a singer struggling to care for her son after he is in an accident. Anchored by passionate musical performances and set to a striking soundtrack, Félicité  is an exceptional tale of a woman’s strength and commitment in the face of hardship.

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2017. Senegal. 129 min. This film is not yet rated by the MPAA. In Lingala and French with English subtitles.