“Félicité” Screened at TUFS

March 5, 2019

On Friday the 12th of October 2018, “Félicité”, a film set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was screened at TUFS in AGORA Global’s Prometheus Hall as TUFS Cinema’s African Film Feature.
After the screening, a talk session was given by social anthropology and social thought history specialist Professor Ichiro Majima (Institute of Global Studies) and contemporary artist, Masanori Oda (TUFS part-time lecturer).
The talk session began with an overview of the culture of Kinshasa, the city the film was set in, and the film’s relation to the folklore and literature that was spread across Africa at that time, which was then followed by a commentary of the local bands and orchestras that inspired this film. At the end of the talk, Mr. Oda gave a performance on his mbira, also known as a “thumb piano”.
Comments from participants included “I was able to further understand parts of the film I didn’t understand initially” and “I learnt a lot about African music, literature and culture”.

Professor Majima and Mr. Oda during the talk session
Mr. Oda playing the mbira
Many people from both inside and outside of TUFS attended the screening