“Welcome to Marly-Gomont” (2016)
Director: Julien Rambaldi
Cast: Aïssa Maiga, Marc Zinga & Kamini
Saw it on NETFLIX. A breath in these times of intolerance. An uplifting story, in the tone of fable and comedy, which, at least for an hour and a half of film, makes us hope for the human race.
“Welcome to Marly-Gomont” is a film based on the true story of the Zantoko family, born in Congo. A doctor from Congo moves with his family to a village in the French countryside and has to deal with the fear and rejection of the local residents (understood: racism).
Based on a true story, the film Welcome to Marly-Gomont, directed and co-written by Julien Rambaldi, tells the story of Seyolo Zantoko (Marc Zinga), who after graduating in Medicine in France, decides to bring his wife ( Aissa Maiga) and his two children from Zaire (his homeland), and moves with them to a small town in the countryside called Marly-Gomont, where he will be the local doctor.
The film’s main narrative conflict is based on the fact that Seyolo and family move to a city that has never seen black people before. So, the situations in which the family lives involve overcoming many obstacles – all related to prejudice and intolerance. However, what stands out in Welcome to Marly-Gomont is the fact that all these events are portrayed with a lightness and a great sense of humor, which makes us reach the end of this story fully involved with this journey – which has much to teach us, especially about resilience, inner strength and perseverance!