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The African Doctor (original title: Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont) is a 2016 French comedy-drama film based on the life of Seyolo Zantoko, the father of the musician Kamini. It was co-written by Kamini and directed by Julien Rambaldi. It stars Marc Zinga and Aïssa Maïga 

In 1975, Seyolo Zantoko graduates from medical school in Lille; he was the only African man in his class and circle of friends. He turns down a job in Zaire as the personal physician of President Joseph-Desiré Mobutu, as he wants to avoid the corruption associated with his country. Instead, he is hired by the mayor of Marly-Gomont, a small village in northern France. He calls his family and informs them that he got a job in France; in their excitement, his wife Anne and their two children, Sivi and Kamini, assume that they will move to Paris.

They are soon disappointed to learn that they are living in a rural village. Seyolo’s decision to live in France is primarily motivated by providing a better education for his children; he also hopes to apply for French citizenship. The Zantoko family struggle to adapt to their new life in Marly-Gomont. The locals have never seen black people before and initially treat them with fear and distrust; Sivi and Kamini are bullied at school and Seyolo’s practice struggles to thrive as the locals prefer to go to the French doctor in the neighbouring village. Seyolo and Anne have a heated argument in front of visiting relatives, during which Seyolo reluctantly promises that they will eventually move to Brussels, where the aforementioned relatives live. However, Seyolo and his family end up gaining the trust of the villagers after he successfully delivers the baby of a local farmer. More people visit his practice which becomes a success.

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