Samba | 2015
For ten years, Senegalese immigrant Samba has stayed under the radar, taking menial kitchen jobs in the hope of becoming a professional chef. Just as dream seems within reach, immigration authorities order Samba to leave France immediately. Samba pins his hopes for a reprieve on a local immigration advocacy center and Alice, an emotionally vulnerable volunteer with little experience but plenty of heart. He finds a second home at the center with Alice and her colleagues as they search for a way for him to stay in France. As Samba plunges into the unpredictable world of transient labor, Alice finds herself deeply moved by his determination. Still trying to put her own life back together after a stress-related breakdown, she takes Samba under her wing, while trying to ignore the growing attraction she feels for him. As the aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively draw closer, their unlikely connection gives them each the courage to reinvent themselves.