A film by MariaJose Pavlovic

Completed as a final project for the MA in Visual Anthropology, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

WINNER Best Student Film, KinoAnthrop Student Anthropological Film Festival 2013, Ekaterinburg, Russia

S.A.P.E is the acronyme for the Society of Ambience Settlers and Elegant People. The followers of this movement are called “sapeurs”; men devoted to elegant dressing originally from Congo-Brazzaville, West Africa. Part of a sapeur´s achievement is to settle in Paris, the fashion´s capital so there they can become a “yaya”, a lingala word to express an experimented, recognised sapeur. Through the story of Fuluzioni Di Aluzioni, Annick Bertin "General Firenze" and Chardel Matsanga, this film tries to reveal the main aspects of this congolese practice.

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