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Humanise Community Film Club: ‘Benda Bilili’ (PG)

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Humanise Community Film Club: ‘Benda Bilili’ (PG)

Opening: 28/02/20 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

When and Where

Friday 28 February, 6 pm, platform one Edge Hill Station, L7 6ND


The screening is Pay What You Can (suggested £10, all money goes on travel expenses for low income attendees, refreshments and snacks which are free for everyone)

About the Film

“In Lingala, Staff Benda Bilili means “put forward what is hidden” or “look beyond appearances”.

The film features a group of musicians, many of whom have a disability, as they make music on the streets of Kinshasa. The film follows the group as they record their first studio album and make their way towards fame in Europe.

The four members of the group who are paraplegics who get around Kinshasa in Mad Max/ Easy Rider-style customised wheelchairs. The other three are homeless street children whose star is Roger Landau – a teenage prodigy who plays on a home-made, single string guitar, fashioned from a tin can. ‘Benda Bilili’ is an inspirational, infectious, hilarious and life-affirming story of a dream that becomes reality.

[in Lingala and French with English subtitles]

[The screening is rated PG meaning that some scenes may be unsuitable for some children and parental discretion is required]

Why was it chosen for the series?

This film was suggested by one of our attendees. It is a film about the power of art to sustain the spirit if not the body. It is also about the economics of the global music industry in the west. We can learn as much from talking about what went wrong as what went right. What comes through in the end is the incredible psychological strength of people who have learned the value of their own artistry. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the continued contribution disabled artists make to the music industry around the world.

Access awareness

This film deals with difficult experiences of street homelessness including some violence, there is mention of domestic violence and the political situation in DRC.

About Location

The station is one stop from Liverpool Lime St and trains run roughly every ten minutes, step off the train directly into the buildings.

Buses no. 26 and 27 run to Tunnel Road (closest stop to Edge Hill Station).

Buses no. 14, 61, and 79 run to Wavertree Road (5 mins walk to Edge Hill Station) from Queens Square Bus Station.

There is a level access entrance available a few steps from the train platform and approx. 20m from a public car park, located on the main public approach to the station.

There is a disabled toilet at Edge Hill Station.

Parking is available for attendees to this event but it is limited.

For anyone who is worried about attending alone please get in contact with us and we can make sure a member of staff is there to make you feel welcome!

Please let us know if you have any questions or specific access requirements edgehill@metalculture.com, 0151 7072277.


Edge Hill Station
Tunnel Road
L7 6ND

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