Yester Community Movie Association in Gifford are showing the film Benda Bilili on 18 January 2013 to raise funds for GCT’s Malawi projects.
About the film: Benda Bilili – ‘Look Beyond Appearances’ is a Congolese film which tells the story of the rise to fame of a group of inspirational paraplegic street musicians.
“Staff Benda Bilili are a group of Congolese buskers who gather beneath the acacia trees in Kinshasa zoo, where they dream of stardom and a mattress to call their own. This amiable documentary shows how they get there, trailing a ramshackle alliance of middle-aged paraplegics and street kids as they wend their way from African slum to European concert hall. If the journey feels a little stage-managed at times, the film’s exuberant side-notes more than make amends, as the music itself plays out as an exuberant blend of blues and African rumba. It’s the noise of the discarded: picked up, brushed down and made precious again.” The Guardian
Find out more and view the trailer here.
Doors open at 7.30pm, at Gifford Village Hall, Gifford, East Lothian.