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Benda Bilili!

Director: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye


U.S. Premiere |  Documentary Feature |  FRANCE |  2010 |  HDCAM |  84 MIN


Ricky has a dream: to make Staff Benda Bilili the best band in Congo Kinshasa.
Roger, a street child, more than ever wants to join these stars of the ghetto, who get around in customized tricycles. Together, they must avoid the pitfalls of the street, stay united and find the force to hope in music. For five years, from the first rehearsals to their triumph in international festivals, Benda Bilili ! (“beyond appearances”) is the story of this dream come reality.


Director: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye

Producer: Yves Chanvillard, Nadim Cheikhrouha

Cast: Léon “Ricky” Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali Yakala, Theo “Coude” Nsituvuidi, Claude Kinunu Montana, Paulin “Cavalier” Kiara-Maigi, Djunana Tanga-Suele, Cubain Kabeya, Makembo Nzalé, Zadis Mbulu Nzungu

Screenwriter: Renaud Barret

Cinematographer: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye

Editor: Jean Christophe Hym

Sound: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye

Music: Staff Benda Bilili

Director Bio

For the past seven years, filmmakers Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye have been filming Staff Benda Bilili, a revolutionary and politically active Congolese band made up of disabled musicians.


Distributor: National Geographic Entertainment

Distributor Email:

Print Source

Name: Antonietta Monteleone

Company: National Geographic Cinema Ventures


Phone: 203 661 5678

Address: 34 East Putnam Avenue, Suite 103

City: Greenwich

State: CT

Zip: 06830


Screening Time

Friday March 18



Paramount Theatre

713 Congress Ave



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