The Importance of Being Elegant

Director: George Amponsah and Cosima Spender
Country: Belgium, France, and the UK
Year: 2004
Running Time: 69 min
Language: French and Lingala

The Congolese Sapeurs, members of the Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes (La SAPE), have elevated fashion to the status of a religion. Papa Wemba, a well-known Congolese singer, is one of La 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.