The film is available online to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for WOMEX 20 Digital Participants only.
Directed by Marie-Françoise Plissart
52 mins | Belgium, 2019 | Lingala with English subtitles
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 rhythms 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.
Photographic narratives, portraits, architecture and urbanism: those are the recurrent themes in Marie-Françoise Plissart's career as a photographer and filmmaker. They all come together when she explores the relationship between a city and its inhabitants, the many ways in which people shape their environment and are defined by it.
Produced by AlterEgo Films
Producer Sophie Bruneau
Director of Photography Marie-Françoise Plissart
Sound Félix Blume
Editor Laurence Vaes
Music by Beta Mbonda
Film Contact CBA