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-
CONGO LINE Members of the musical group Staff Benda Bilili
Genre: Documentary; Director: Renaud Barret; Runtime (in minutes): 85; Distributor: National Geographic Entertainment
Posted September 29 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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