The words ‘benda bilili’ mean ‘beyond appearances’ and for a group of musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo it is a statement with profound meaning. The group’s original core was three middle-aged paraplegics who slept on cardboard on the chaotic streets of Kinshasa and stayed sane by making music. Filmed over the course of five years, from their first songs played for loose change on the pavement outside a posh restaurant to their triumphs in music festivals around the world, Benda Bilili!, one of the undisputed hits of the recent Cannes Film Festival, recounts this story of an unlikely dream become reality. Filmmaker Renaud Barret joins FPS for an uplifting and musical Q&A session.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
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