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Benda Bilili!

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CONGO LINE Members of the musical group Staff Benda Bilili

Benda Bilili!

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
85 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/30/11
director:
Renaud Barret
distributor:
National Geographic Entertainment
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

The men of the musical group Staff Benda Bilili are extraordinary in more ways than one: They live on the chaotic streets of broken, hard-luck Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo; four of the singer-guitarists are paraplegic, disabled by polio; and their music is infectiously exuberant. Shot over a period of years (during which we watch their newest member, a self-taught musical prodigy, grow into a man), this unsentimental, smartly assembled film is equally attentive to the cacophony of African poverty and the balm of harmony provided by these pied pipers of hope. A-

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