BERLIN (AP) — Senegalese director Alain Gomis has delighted viewers at the Berlin Film Festival with “Felicite,” a movie about the life and struggles of a singer in the Congo city of Kinshasa.

Director Alain Gomis speaks during a press conference for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Director Alain Gomis speaks during a press conference for the film ‘Felicite’ at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The move, shown Saturday to much applause, tells the story of Felicite, played by Véro Tshanda Beya Mputo, who is struggling to raise money for an operation for her son, who was injured in an accident.

Actress Vero Tshanda Beya, left, and director Alain Gomis, right, pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Actress Vero Tshanda Beya, left, and director Alain Gomis, right, pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film ‘Felicite’ at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Gomis told reporters he wanted to show that people “can fight for their dignity in all circumstances — and how good that is.”

The movie is one of 18 movies competing for the festival’s top Golden Bear award.

Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film ‘Final Portrait’ at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Also screened Saturday in Berlin was “Final Portrait,” directed by Stanley Tucci, about the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. It is not part of the Golden Bear competition.