Benda Bilili! follows an unlikely group of musicians in Kinshasa, capital of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. The band, Staff Benda Bilili—in English, “look beyond”—is a group of street musicians composed of four paraplegics and three able-bodied men.
French film directors Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret encountered the extraordinary group as they played their music on homemade instruments in the area around the Kinshasa Zoo and began documenting the band’s struggles to survive—through music—in the volatile city. The result is an exuberant film that follows the band’s journey from the streets to the world’s stages, culminating in the release of their acclaimed album Tres Tres Fort.
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