CAST & CREW
ALAIN GOMIS is a Franco-Bissau Guinean-Senegalese director. He was born in 1972 in France, where he grew up.
His first two short films, Tourbillons followed by Petite lumière, were selected and received awards at several international festivals. In 2001, his first feature-length film, L’Afrance, won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Then came Andalucia in 2007 starring Samir Guesmi, then Tey starring Saul Williams, which was selected for competition at Berlin and won the Golden Stallion at Fespaco in 2013. A partner at Granit Films along with Newton Aduaka (Nigerian director, Ezra) and Valérie Osouf (French director), Alain Gomis also works with producer Oumar Sall (Cinékap) on a training program for young filmmakers and technicians in Senegal (Up Court-métrages).
Félicité is his 4th feature-length film.
VERO TSHANDA BEYA (Félicité) was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She grew up in Kinshasa where she pursued business studies. An art lover, she eventually turned toward popular Congolese theater.
Félicité is her first film role.
PAPI MPAKA (Tabu) was born in 1974 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Having learned the mechanic trade from his father, he now owns a garage in Kinshasa where he trains youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods. He was chosen to play Tabu in Félicité during an open casting call held in the capital.
GAETAN CLAUDIA (Samo) was born in Kinshasa in 1997. He decided to try his luck and took advantage of an open casting call for Félicité held in his neighborhood. He now hopes to pursue a film career while also continuing his studies.
KASAI ALLSTARS is a collective bringing together 15 musicians from various orchestras. All are Kasai natives, but represent five different ethnic groups.
The group’s first album, In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic (2008, Crammed Discs) had a lasting and profound impact on the imaginations of musicians and music lovers around the world, particularly those of the Anglo-Saxon indie and electronic artists and media, who saw it as a kind of “first rock” – an accidental combination of trance and avant-garde.
In 2010, Crammed Discs released the album Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers, a multi-artist homage to the music of Kasai Allstars, Konono No1 and other groups from the Congotronics movement. In 2011, Kasai Allstars joined a Congotronics vs. Rockers project to form a supergroup made up of 10 Congolese musicians and 10 independent rock musicians.
The latest album by Kasai Allstars is called Beware The Fetish. As with all of the group’s projects, Vincent Kenis, a Belgian producer/musician, produced the album. Beware The Fetish appears on the lists of best albums of the year published by British magazines including MOJO, Uncut, The Quietus, etc. The Kasai Allstars have performed in many of the largest international music festivals including Glastonbury, Roskilde, Eurockéennes, Couleur Café, Vieilles Charrues, Paléo, Fuji Rock etc.