Alain Gomis Impact Awards recipient

Portrait Alain Gomis Courtesy of Alain Gomis


  • Racial justice
  • Reexamining history


  • Criticism
  • Film
  • Performance
  • Video Art
  • Visual Art


  • Senegal

Alain Gomis is a Senegalese-French film director and screenwriter whose work explores identity, the differences and bonds that define the relationship between francophone Africa and its diaspora. Founder of the Yennenga Center dedicated to cinema, Gomis plays an important role in the promotion of film and fostering of local talents in Senegal and Africa, and through his work he addresses the complexities of identity, foreignness, and agency, drawn from his personal experiences dealing with dual nationality and the search for belonging. 

He is best known for his films L’Afrance (2001), Aujourd'hui (2012), Angdalucia (2017) and Felicite (2017) which depict stories of young immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, while exploring themes of foreignness, the individual, and the invisible.