Benda Bilili!

Benda Bilili!

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DVD - 2012 | French
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Follow an unlikely group of musicians in Kinshasa, capital of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, from the streets to the world's stages. The band, Staff Benda Bilili, is a group of street musicians composed of four paraplegics and three able-bodied men. The core of the group is four singer/guitarists who use customized tricycles to get around. French film directors Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret document the band's struggles to survive through music in the volatile city.
Publisher: [United States] : National Geographic Entertainment : Vivendi Entertainment, c2012
ISBN: 9781426296932
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 23, 2018

Beautiful, inspiring film.

Nov 30, 2012

This movie is beautiful, the music is amazing and I was lucky enough to see Benda Bilili play in Seattle last month. The energy they play with is intoxicating and infectious.

This is a must see for any music fan!

Aug 17, 2012

Two French filmmakers met Benda Bilili playing on the streets of Kinshasa, and ended up spending five years filming the stories of their lives - especially their commitment to music. Most of the musicians are disabled due to polio, and live either in a basic shelter for people with disabilities or on the streets. One of the members is an able-bodied youngster, Roger, who is also homeless and who has taught himself to play a one-stringed instrument he has made from a tin can. Talent and commitment galore from this group. If, like me, you know teenagers who say "First World Problem" when you are whining about something small -- this whole film will be a "FWP" reminder to be grateful for what you have.


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