National Geographic Cinema Ventures | Release Date: September 30, 2011
Summary: 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. The core of the group is four singer/guitarists polio, who use customized tricycles to get around: Ricky, the eldest and a co-founding member of the band; Coco, the band’s composer and co-founding member with Ricky; Junana, the member most disabled by polio, yet the official choreographer; and Coude, a bass player and soprano singer. Joining them is a young and entirely acoustic rhythm section, led by Roger, a teenage prodigy on the satongé, a one-string guitar he designed and built himself out of a tin can. (National Geographic Cinema Ventures)
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Runtime: 85 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for some drug material
Official Site: http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/benda-bilili/
Production: Canal+
Genres: Music, Documentary
Countries: France, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Languages: French, Lingala
Home Release Date: Apr 3, 2012