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Filmmaker Alain Gomis in the Midwest

Filmmaker Alain Gomis will tour the Midwest to present three of his most acclaimed films L’Afrance (2001), Aujourd'hui (2012) and Félicité (2017).

Born in Paris, France in 1972, the French-Senegalese director studied art history and film at the Sorbonne University in Paris. After beginning with videos and short films, he directed in 2001 his first feature film, L'Afrance, which was awarded a Silver Leopard in Locarno. It was followed by Andalucia in 2007 that was shown at the Venice Days and Aujourd’hui (Tey) that was screened in Competition at the 2012 Berlinale and was chosen as Senegal’s entry for an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Félicité (2017) is Mr. Gomis' fourth feature that was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

As a Man (L’Afrance, 2001)

A young Senegalese man, El Hadj, is a student in Paris. Confronted with a problem of papers, he faces the dilemma of either extending his stay illegally or returning to his home country without graduating.

Tey (Aujourd'hui, 2012)

Today is the last day of Satché’s life. Walking through the streets of his home town in Senegal, Satché takes in the sites of his past as if he were looking at them for the last time.He greets these final moments with great fear but also with a sense of joy.

Félicité (2017)

The award-winning drama Félicité stars Congolese musician Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu as a nightclub singer who races across Kinshasa to gather money for her son’s operation.

The Midwest Tour and screenings are organized and curated by Michael Gott, professor and Director of Programming at the Center for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati and Valentine Umansky, Curator of Lens-Based Arts at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in partnership with Block Cinema at Northwestern University, Chopin Theatre in Chicago, Ohio State University & Gateway Film Center in Columbus and Miami University in Oxford with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago & New York.