Benda Bilili!

The team behind Benda Bilili! together with the bandmembers. In the back to the left, Frédéric Boyer, artistic director of Cannes section Directors Fortnight.

Cannes 2010 has started. I just come straight from my fourth and last film screening today: the documentary Benda Bilili! It is a film about a band from the streets of Congo Kinshasa. Many of the band members are physically disabled, and they sing about their hard life in their songs. In the film they make a journey against all odds to concerts and fame in Europe. The film is directed by Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye from France. Both them and the band were present at this evening’s screening, when the film opened the Director’s Fortnight section.
All I want to do now is to dance to this band, and I am so happy that they are playing in Göteborg soon! More specificly on June 13th, at the Clandestino Festival: http://www.clandestinofestival.org. Don’t miss!
Marit Kapla

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