Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year old son falls victim to an accident. To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa – a world of music and dreams where she’ll cross paths with Tabu..

"I feel that a film is created over years, and by summoning a multitude of different things. At the origin of this one are real people, women I’m close to – mainly in Senegal. Strong women who don’t accept compromise, who tackle everything head on and refuse to give in no matter what. I had a certain admiration for this rectitude while, at the same time, reflecting on the notion of bending life to one’s will." - Alain Gomis

Red Bay Coffee
October 20 • 7:30PM

Pay What Makes You Smile

Genre: Drama
Year: 2017
Length: 129'
Nation: Congo
Language: Lingala
Director: Alain Gomis

"Characters like Félicité can almost be seen as mythological because they’re not supported by any kind of system."