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French (English subtitles)
If you're looking for proof that dreams do come true, then this inspirational documentary is it. A joyous, triumph-over-adversity story, the subtitled film paints an intimate portrait of the Congolese rumba-blues outfit Staff Benda Bilili: an ultra-talented group of homeless survivors from the poverty-stricken capital Kinshasa, whose intoxicating and vibrant music has allowed them to transcend their roots and become global sensations. But what makes their success even more incredible is that their core members are also severely disabled, due to childhood polio. Shot over six years, this toe-tapping, labour of love captures the highs and lows of the band's journey to fame, from their early songs played on the streets using homemade instruments, to their jubilant performances at prestigious international events.
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We look at a remarkable piece of African cinema set in the Congolese city of Kinshasa, about a singer trying to raise money for her son’s vital operation.
Reading time 7 mins
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