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"The Importance of Being Elegant," DVD, Color, 69 minutes, 2004 (United Kingdom, United States, Ghana), directed by George Amponsah.


August 14, 2011

This is the story of one of the most unusual clubs in the world: La SAPE, or the Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes. Its members, the Congolese Sapeurs, have elevated fashion to the status of a religion. Papa Wemba, a well-known Congolese singer, is one of Le SAPE’s most prominent figures. This film is a splendid evocation of Papa Wemba's music, and it presents an unusual insight into what it means to be an immigrant in contemporary Europe.

This film is presented in conjunction with The African Film Festival, New York. 

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This program is FREE and subject to last-minute change or cancellation.