DVD Review: Benda Bilili! - Metro US

DVD Review: Benda Bilili!

Benda Bilili!

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye
  • Stars: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali
  • Rate: *** 1/2

Shot on grainy digital video, Benda Bilili! looks as gritty as the story it tells. Staff Benda Bilili, a group of physically handicapped musicians, meet on the streets of Kinshasa each night to sing their unique tales of woe, their dream of touring Europe clashing with the economic realities of life in Congo. A moving story, even the coldest hearts will warm to the band’s music and optimism as obstacles pile up in their attempt to record an album.

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