Benda Bilili! 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… Benda Bilili! 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… 2011-09-30 PT85M Documentary National Geographic Entertainment
Movie Review

Benda Bilili! (2011)

CONGO LINE Members of the musical group Staff Benda Bilili
CONGO LINE Members of the musical group Staff Benda Bilili
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Sep 30, 2011; Length: 85 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: National Geographic Entertainment

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-
Originally posted Sep 28, 2011 Published in issue #1175 Oct 07, 2011 Order article reprints
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