Benda Bilili!
Benda Bilili!

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Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of this Kinshasa band which has acquired a global following. Chances of success were slim at first for these homeless handicapped artists who struggled to survive on the streets of their dilapidated capital. "Benda Bilili" is not a music film, it's the story of a dream that became reality. And... (Full plot summary below)

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Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of this Kinshasa band which has acquired a global following. Chances of success were slim at first for these homeless handicapped artists who struggled to survive on the streets of their dilapidated capital. "Benda Bilili" is not a music film, it's the story of a dream that became reality. And a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net.

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Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Kenneth Turan 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.
Entertainment Weekly - 9/10 by Lisa Schwarzbaum 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.
Village Voice - 9/10 by Ernest Hardy But real-life hard-knock plot twists, as well as some tweaking of form (there's no narrator or voiceover of any kind; the film's subjects outline their grim realities largely through their rhythmically upbeat songs) make the film absolutely riveting, as does the fiercely rousing music.
The New York Times - 9/10 by David DeWitt 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.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 8/10 by Jennie Punter An unabashed crowd-pleaser.
Los Angeles Times - 8/10 by Kenneth Turan "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.
Jam! Movies - 8/10 by Jim Slotek Benda Bilili! is one of those overpoweringly redemptive stories that would be dismissed as sentimental wish-dream fiction if it weren't real.
Empire - 8/10 by Philip Wilding Wielding inspiration and uplift in equal measure, this musical odyssey is one of the cinematic journeys of the year. Don't miss it.
Toronto Star - 8/10 by Peter Howell 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.
The Hollywood Reporter - 8/10 by Duane Byrge Most magically, if one were to listen to their music but not know anything about their heart-wrenching situation, their compositions sound as if they've come from the luckiest and happiest performers in the world.
Globe and Mail - 8/10 by Jennie Punter Benda Belili! reminds us that we need to look beyond The X Factor to discover musical talent that strikes a deeper chord.
Daily Mirror [UK] - 8/10 by David Edwards Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Slumdog Millionaire, it's every bit as heartwarming.

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