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Benda Bilili [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Leon Likabu, Montana, Theo Nsituvuidi
  • Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Lingala, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Trinity Films
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KNATKY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,652 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the lawless streets of Kinshasa, Congo comes one of the most incredible stories ever committed to film.  Five years in the making, Benda Bilili follows a group of street musicians as they struggle to record their first album.

Four of the group are paraplegic’s who get around Kinshasa in Mad Max/ Easy Rider style customized wheelchairs.  The other three are homeless street children whose star is Roger Landau - a teenage prodigy who plays on a home-made, single string guitar fashioned from a tin can.

Prepare to lose yourself in the remarkable true story of Benda Bilili as we follow them from their first recording session to worldwide acclaim and stardom.  Hailed as the new Buena Vista Social Club and brimming with humour in the vein of Anvil, Benda Bilili is an inspirational, infectious, hilarious and life-affirming story of a dream that becomes reality.

Special Features:

- 5 Deleted Scenes (11mins)
- Extras from Kinshasa (15mins)
- Extras of Staff in Europe (14mins)
- UK Theatrical trailer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett O'Hara on 13 May 2011
Format: DVD
Saw this film at the Union Chapel in March! It was incredible! I'm not usually into documentaries, but this really changed my mind about them. It was really brilliant to watch a film about an inspirational band who just love music and performing AND there are some really funny moments. The band members are real characters. Their music is really catchy: lots of great beats and melodies. They actually performed after the film and everyone was dancing along with them. I've bought the DVD and Tres Tres Fort (the album) and I can't stop recommending them both to my friends- it's a really uplifting, down-to-earth film. Benda Bilili is really inspirational and I hope they keep going for years to come!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TicaLinda on 19 May 2011
Format: DVD
I must admit when I was first told I would be seeing a documentary on a paraplegic musical group from Congo that had against all the odds managed to record an album, I was skeptical. Not because their story would not be inspiring, I had no doubt it would be, but more how the film makers would interpret this story. Far too many times I have seen documentaries that do not seem to really reflect what the people that are in the film want to say. It tends to be animals in a cage mentality, they are analysed, and the film makers opinions are imposed on the situation. This is one of the only documentary films that I have found that actually seems to listen to the people they are filming, and care what happens post filming. This is extremelly evident and genuinely heart warming to see. You have the amazing story that Benda Bilili have to say, and it is told so well by the film makers. I thoroughly recommend this film, it is well worth the time, and I have now managed to work myself up enough to watch it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Just when I was in desperate need of a really uplifting film, along came "Benda Bilili" to do just that. What an inspiring story! If you are ever feeling a bit sorry for yourself, take a look at this documentary about paraplegic street musicians in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There can be few meaner streets in the world than those of that city, where making enough to eat really is a matter of life and death. Poverty is everywhere you look, but far from feeling sorry for themselves in a country where the care system is almost non existent, these guys just get on with their lives, in their home made wheelchairs made from old bicycle and motor bike spare parts. Not only that but they also make some beautiful African music rooted in rumba with elements of rhythm 'n' blues and reggae. This is all a far cry from the Tarantinoesque Kinshasa in the recent Congolese film "Viva Riva". Much more like the real deal!

The two French filmmakers Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye followed the street musicians for five years from their humble vigil on a roundabout in Kinshasa to the bright lights of a European tour. We even get to see the strange sight of them wrapped up to withstand the less balmy weather of Oslo. The group are a blend of guitars and fine singers together with some kids off the streets. The remarkable young prodigy Roger Landu plays his one stringed lute made from an old can with astonishing skill. We watch as they cut their first successful album "Tres Tres Fort", mostly recorded in Kinshasa zoo. They have a lovely "one for all, and all for one" attitude that glues this unlikely group together. Staff Benda Bilili are a unique product of the Congo, and they deserve all the success they seem to be getting. I hope that they keep their feet firmly rooted on solid Congolese ground where they can be an inspiration and a help to their people. The signs are good! A fine documentary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mandy_Brown on 5 April 2011
Format: DVD
I've just seen the film at our local cinema and can't wait for the DVD. I went along with a friend and didn't really know much about the film or the band- but I'm now a MASSIVE Benda Bilili fan- they are incredible and hilarious too! The film was optiministic and upbeat, really great- I seriously had a smile on my face the whole time. Totally recommend this film to anyone!
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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
Ridiculously inspiring documentary about the coming together of a musical group formed by homeless street people, most of whom are older paraplegics, in the poverty ridden Congo. They take in a young man with his home-made, one-stringed instrument as a sort of protégé. They practice for years (the film was made over a 5 year period) before finally getting to play in Europe. The music and performances are amazing, the people even more so.

Often I find ‘warm your heart’ docs too sticky and manipulative. But these brave and wonderful musicians earn every bit of our admiration, respect and joy. We see the downs as well as the ups, and the film never short changes just how much work and luck have to come together for these artists to have any hope of success.

The film-makers make no pretense at staying removed and objective. They are just as won over, and in time actively become a part of trying to raise enough money to help these men live their dream, to record, and to travel with their music. (But in an understated way – this never feels like a film of self-aggrandizement). A true triumph of the human spirit story, filed with smiles against all the overwhelming odds.
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This is an absorbing, 'life is stranger than fiction', portrayal of one of the most inspiring bands you will ever have the change to learn about. For all those tired of 'plastic' overly commercialised music production - this documentary gives you renewed faith in the power of music as it emerges from the human spirit of survival and comradeship. A simply wonderful documentary.
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