From the lawless streets of Kinshasa, Congo, comes one of the most incredible films ever to emerge out of Africa. 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 paraplegics 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.
Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Cubain Kabeya, Paulin Kiara-Maigi, Maria Barli Djongo, Vincent Kenis, Montana, Theo Nsituvuidi, Djunana Tanga-Suele
Definitely not one of the most incredible films ever....
- Benda Bilili review by JD
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A street documentary about a group disabled mainly by polio. Quite how poor they are is blurred. They associate with the destitute and homeless some of whom sleep in the open on cardboard. Most of them use recumbent bicycles but are mainly pushed by hired boys. Anyway the leader is an excellent singer and they have a brilliant bass guitarist in their number. They do however have some pretty poor hangers on who in my opinion spoil the sound. There is a wonderful rhythm and feel to their music and it is worth watching just for the few performances of great songs.