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Benda Bilili [DVD] 
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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.
- 5 Deleted Scenes (11mins)
- Extras from Kinshasa (15mins)
- Extras of Staff in Europe (14mins)
- UK Theatrical trailer
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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
first saw it at the cinema and have been offering it around as a great gift since. For people interested in music, good story lines and the reality outside the western worldPublished on 27 Jan. 2014 by Zelie
This documentary is a wonderful example of human perseverance. The story of Staff Benda Bilili's success is journey full of twists and turns. Highly recommend.Published on 19 Sept. 2013 by A. Morley
Amazing story. Intense drama. This band has been through everything to eventually reach the success. Then, what happened? Watch it.Published on 1 Aug. 2013 by Yann
Fantastic. A really touching and heart-warming story. If you dont think you like African music, you will love it by the end of this film.Published on 6 Dec. 2012 by Yve
Not your normal documentary... this tells the story of a bunch of homeless, disabled musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2012 by emma_emily
Every reviewer tells us this is a great film and I'm sure it is. However the DVD I bought through Amazon was wrongly programmed and there were no English subtitles despite this... Read morePublished on 28 May 2012 by Marina Whilton