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by Florent de la Tullaye, Renaud Barret


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.

original title: Benda Bilili !
country: France
sales agent: Funny Balloons
year: 2009
genre: documentary
directed by: Florent de la Tullaye, Renaud Barret
film run: 85'
release date: NL 19/08/2010, FR 08/09/2010, BE 22/09/2010, GR 30/09/2010, GB 18/03/2011, DE 14/04/2011, SE 15/04/2011
screenplay: Florent de la Tullaye, Renaud Barret
cast: Staff Benda Bilili
cinematography by: Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye, Grégoire Delaage
film editing: Jean-Christophe Hym
music: Staff Benda Bilili
production: Screen Runner, La Belle Kinoise, OL Production
distributor: Sophie Dulac Distribution, Cinéart, Trinity Film, Folkets Bio


main awards/selection

Cannes 2010 Directors’ Fortnight
BFI London Film Festival 2010 

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