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Release Date:
15 June 1988 (France) See more »
Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Papa Wemba ... Kourou
Bibi Krubwa ... Kabibi
Landu Nzunzimbu Matshia ... Mamou
Kanko Kasongo ... Nvouandou
Lokinda Menji Feza ... Nzazi
Kalimazi Lombume Riva ... Mongali
Mazaza Mukoko ... Mama Dingari, la mère de Kourou
Tumba Ayila ... Le nain Emoro
Mujinga Mbuji Inabanza ... Cherie Bondowe
Bwanando Ngimbi ... Maitre Nganga
Pépé Kallé ... Pépé Kallé
Alamba Engongo ... Le chauffeur de Nvouandou
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maître Nono ... Maître Nono
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Directed by
Benoît Lamy 
Mweze Ngangura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Benoît Lamy 
Maryse León García 
Mweze Ngangura 

Produced by
Véra Belmont .... co-producer
Munga K. Kabasele .... executive producer
Benoît Lamy .... delegate producer
Mweze Ngangura .... co-producer
Original Music by
Zaïko Langa Langa 
Tshala Muana 
Papa Wemba 
Cinematography by
Michel Baudour 
Film Editing by
Martine Giordano 
Art Direction by
Barly Baruti 
Mputu Mutoke Wa 
Costume Design by
Anne-Marie Branca-Martiquet  (as Anne-Marie Branca)
Makeup Department
Anne-Marie Branca-Martiquet .... makeup artist (as Anne-Marie Braca)
Production Management
Mobimba D. Bofunda .... assistant unit manager
Sylviane Godin .... unit manager
Michèle Tronçon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
François Belorgey .... second assistant director
Blaise Jadoul .... first assistant director
I. Waersegers .... second assistant director
Art Department
Suska Meyer .... props
Sound Department
Obio Agobio .... boom operator
Bernadette Dupont .... sound editor
Alain Lévy .... sound effects
Jérôme Lévy .... sound effects
Jacques Maumont .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Warnier .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Balou-Zakanda .... grip
Michel Baudour .... camera operator
Pierre Denayer .... first assistant camera
Mieko Maduku di Nganga .... second assistant camera
Makengo Mbala .... generator operator
Mukeba-Mbuyi-Mutombo .... electrician
Mansia N'Ngiangi .... electrician
Loïc Quentin .... gaffer
Loïc Quentin .... still photographer
Mambi Risonga Guérin .... electrician
Jean-Charles Wall .... still photographer
Music Department
Lou De Prijck .... arranger/musical director
Mbili Kilindiny .... arranger/musical director
Other crew
Bonbon .... production coordinator
Mikekele Delori .... production assistant
F. Lejeune d'A. .... public relations
Héléna Roulet .... script supervisor
Turbo Samba .... security
M. Tembesa .... security
Sylvain Van Holme .... production assistant (as Sylvanito van Holme)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La vie est belle" - Belgium (original title)
"Life Is Beautiful" - International (English title), USA (literal English title)
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80 min | Germany:87 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very good film, 28 February 2009
Author: thedirector101 from Canada

The film I found was very high lighting of the then Congo. The characters were very well played. I gave it a 9 from 10 because there were parts where the story did not match and therefore had a space in the story line.

But this might be only because of the formats I have gotten used to because of watching American cinema, where most things are tied together in a useful way to tell the story.

I am from Canada but have visited Africa several times and this film makes me want to go back.

The film and story line gives you a very good look into Africana life as I have seen there in my travels to the western coast.

The film is very good, and I recommend this film to any who want to see African film at it's best.

Well done!! Thedirector101

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