Film: Benda Bilili (The Democratic Republic of Congo/France)
¡Globalquerque!, Avokado Artists, and the NHCC present the International Cinema Series in September; films in this series are presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Twelfth Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 23 & 24. The schedule includes the two films that will be shown during the free Global Fiesta on September 24, including Benda Bilili.
Staff Benda Bilili (in English, “look beyond”) is a group of street musicians in Kinshasa, capital of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Four paraplegic singer/guitarists, who use customized tricycles to get around, are joined by a young, entirely acoustic three-person rhythm section. Directors Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye encountered them playing around the Kinshasa Zoo, and began documenting their struggles to survive, through music, in the volatile city.
2010; Lingala & French with English subtitles; 85 minutes; rated PG-13.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show