7.5/10
733
4 user 42 critic

Benda Bilili! (2010)

Trailer
1:22 | Trailer
Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »

Writers:

Renaud Barret (script), Florent de La Tullaye (script)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses. When the housekeeper dies falling off a ladder, ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Chatiliez
Stars: Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty
Polisse (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

Director: Maïwenn
Stars: Karin Viard, JoeyStarr, Marina Foïs
The Players (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A series of short films set around the theme of infidelity.

Directors: Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Géraldine Nakache
A Secret (2007)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret.

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Cécile de France, Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

Director: Joann Sfar
Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta
Gemma Bovery (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ariane Felder, a judge of strict morals discovers she's pregnant by Bob Nolan, a criminal wanted for murder.

Director: Albert Dupontel
Stars: Albert Dupontel, Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicolas Marié
Russian Dolls (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Stars: Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot
Documentary | Animation | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman
Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag
The Class (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet
Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Leon Likabu Leon Likabu ... Himself
Roger Landu Roger Landu ... Himself
Coco Ngambali Coco Ngambali ... Himself
Cubain Kabeya Cubain Kabeya ... Himself
Paulin Kiara-Maigi Paulin Kiara-Maigi ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Barli Djongo Maria Barli Djongo ... Herself
Renaud Barret Renaud Barret ... (voice)
Vincent Kenis Vincent Kenis ... Himself
Montana Montana ... Himself
Theo Nsituvuidi Theo Nsituvuidi ... Himself
Djunana Tanga-Suele Djunana Tanga-Suele ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of this Kinshasa band which has acquired a global following. Chances of success were slim at first for these homeless handicapped artists who struggled to survive on the streets of their dilapidated capital. "Benda Bilili" is not a music film, it's the story of a dream that became reality. And a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Life... Love... Music

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug material | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Lingala | French

Release Date:

8 September 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Бенда Билили! See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,678, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$13,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,563
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

French visa # 123681. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Simply wonderful
11 March 2015 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Ridiculously inspiring documentary about the coming together of a musical group formed by homeless street people, most of whom are older paraplegics, in the poverty ridden Congo. They take in a young man with his home-made, one-stringed instrument as a sort of protégé. They practice for years (the film was made over a 5 year period) before finally getting to play in Europe. The music and performances are amazing, the people even more so.

Often I find 'warm your heart' docs too sticky and manipulative. But these brave and wonderful musicians earn every bit of our admiration, respect and joy. We see the downs as well as the ups, and the film never short changes just how much work and luck have to come together for these artists to have any hope of success.

The film-makers make no pretense at staying removed and objective. They are just as won over, and in time actively become a part of trying to raise enough money to help these men live their dream, to record, and to travel with their music. (But in an understated way – this never feels like a film of self-aggrandizement). A true triumph of the human spirit story, filed with smiles against all the overwhelming odds.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed