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Kinshasa Beta Mbonda

A film by Marie-Françoise Plissart

A dozen or so young percussionists bring music to Barumbu, a poor neighbourhood of Kinshasa. They are the Beta Mbonda, former members of the Kuluna violent gangs. Music has given a new meaning to their lives while cementing their friendship. Moving between odd jobs and musical improvisations, with seemingly easy playfulness they invent rythms and sing about the hardships of daily life. Like a Greek chorus underscored by traditional instruments or everyday objects, their songs ring out into the air of Kinshasa, echoing a world adrift.

2019 / 52' / 16/9 / color / Dolby stéréo 5.1

supports : DCP, Digital, Blu-Ray

OV Lingala / En SUB / ST Fr

director and camera operator: Marie-Françoise Plissart
sound engineer: Félix Blume
assistant director: Junior Lienga
editor: Laurence Vaes
sound editor: Valène Leroy
sound mixer: Aline Gavroy
colorist: Michaël Cinquin
foley artist: Philippe Van Leer
translators : Pamela Motoke, Fwankenda Sungu Alain Irénée
executive producer : Sophie Bruneau

A coproduction alter ego films and luna blue film, with RTBF, Shelter Prod and the support of the Centre du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Distribution and promotion contacts:

CBA Centre de l'audiovisuel à Bruxelles

François Rapaille
19F, avenue des Arts
1000 Bruxelles
 T. +32 2 227 22 34

Afrika FilmFestival 2019 (Unesco competition) - Leuven- Belgium
Faito DOC Film Festival 2019 (competition) - Italia
Culturel Center's Boboto - Kinshasa - RDC
28e Quinzaine du Cinéma francophone 2019 - Paris - France
BAFF Brussels Art Film Festival November 2019 (IC) - Belgium
23e festival Territoires en Images (Photography and Cinema Competition) November 2019 - Paris - France
Traces de vie (IC) December 2019 - Clermont-Ferrand - France
FIPADOC (competition) - Biarritz - France - January 2020
Musical Screening Festival - Bordeaux - France - September 2020 - Audience Award
Womex Festival 2020 - Budapest - Hongria
International Festival of Art Book and Film - Perpignan - France 2020