La Belle at the Movies

Director: Cecilia Zoppelletto
Countries: UK/Belgium/Congo
Year: 2015
Running Time: 67min.
Language: French and Lingala with English subtitles


Kinshasa, “Kin la Belle” is a city of 10 million people without a single cinema. The story of the city, its apartheid era, and Mobutu’s neo colonialism, unfolds through the fate of its cinemas. At the same time, La Belle celebrates the Kinshasa cowboys who found their identity in the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. Through interviews and poetic imagery, La Belle at the Movies bears a unique testimony to an African film industry in crisis.

About the Director

Cecilia Zoppelletto

Biography: Cecilia was born in Padua, Italy but moved to London in 1994. She has worked as a producer for the Italian national broadcasting company RAI and as TV host and writer for the Italian network Antenna Tre Nordest. After obtaining an MA in Film Studies from the University of Westminster in 2015, Cecilia began a PhD research on the film archives of the DRC. La Belle at The Movies was her directorial debut. The film was selected for several festivals and was nominated Best Doc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
La Belle at the Movies (2016).

La Belle at the Movies (2015).