The Yayas de l’Elegance.

S.A.P.E is the acronym for the Society of Ambience Makers and Elegant People. The followers of this movement call themselves sapeurs, men devoted to elegant dressing. SAPE becomes a performed experience encompassing a world of meanings and symbols. Originally from the Congo, the sapeur’s main goal is to travel to Paris, the accepted capital of this fashion. In that context they will try to become a yaya, a very grand sapeur. Through the stories of different characters, the film tries to reveal the main aspects of this practice.

– Russian Anthropological Film Festival, Ekaterinburg, Russia. 2013. Best Documentary, Student Competition.
– One World Media Award Nominee, January 2013.



  • Maria-José Pavlovic
  • 2012