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Benda Bilili!


Time Out says

Busking on the ramshackle avenues of Kinshasa, Congo, the African band Staff Benda Bilili is just a group of street musicians “armed only with talent and optimism.” Made up of middle-aged men—several of whom are paraplegic, all of whom live below the poverty level—and one underage guitar prodigy, Benda plays songs that speak of finding happiness despite your hardship. Charting these melodic survivors over a five-year period, this doc details its eventual ascension to world-music popularity—and aggressively refuses to let you forget just how inspirational its tale is.


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