Senegalese director Alain Gomis has pleased watchers at the Berlin Film Festival with "Felicite," a movie about the life and battles of a vocalist in the Congo city of Kinshasa.
Actress Vero Tshanda Beya, left, and director Alain Gomis, right, pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
The movie, indicated Saturday to much applause, tells the story of Felicite, played by Véro Tshanda Beya Mputo, who is attempting to raise cash for an operation for her child, who was harmed in a mishap.
Gomis advised columnists he needed to demonstrate that people "can fight for their dignity in all circumstances - and how good that is."
The film is one of 18 movies competing for the festival's top Golden Bear award.