Benda Bilili! 2011

Benda Bilili!

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African adults, many crippled by polio, join with street youths to form a music group in Kinshasa.

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  • Staff Benda Bilili's unlikely triumph is an epic feat, with or without anyone's help.

    October 14, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • From out of the gloom comes the hypnotic grooves of a band called Staff Benda Bilili. The name means "look beyond appearances," and the members of this remarkable musical collective do just that.

    October 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • Benda Belili! reminds us that we need to look beyond The X Factor to discover musical talent that strikes a deeper chord.

    October 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Benda Bilili!" earns its exclamation point. It's a feel-good movie that actually makes you feel good, a story that will have you shaking your head in astonishment and moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms.

    October 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Benda Bilili!" is brutally real, a document of willpower that shows not only the magic of transcendence - which may be fleeting - but also the transformation of aspiring to it, every struggling step of the way.

    September 29, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This unsentimental, smartly assembled film is equally attentive to the cacophony of African poverty and the balm of harmony provided by these pied pipers of hope.

    September 29, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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  • Jan 21, 2012
    Superlative and incredibly moving music doc. Review soon.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2011
    Set during a dark time, ''Benda Bilili'' manages to be one of the most uplifting films of 2011. Even though this documentary is set during a very dark time in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the filmmakers bring light to the film by showing us the achievements of the group of musicians the filmmakers follow. It is a fascinating journey that shows us just how much can be achieved with so little. One of 2011's best so far.
    Liam G Super Reviewer

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