Why should I go and watch this film?
To get rid of your stereotypes about Africa! To simply acquiesce to an African orchestra fiddling with Beethoven - after all, were it a Japanese orchestra in place of an African one, would it raise the same eyebrows?
The directors Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer sometimes too casually trace the steps of their eight protagonists in their derelict homes, on their trips to the extortionate egg salesmen and in other stressful periods. More controversy would have been good, such as the relationship between religion and music
Rating out of 5: ****
3/5: Classical music always inspires positive emotions. Add to that the unconditional will of people to jam and session despite their absurd opposition. A heartening, hopeful movie which dispels the at least European stereotypes about Africa
The two directors and two of the musicians who came especially from Congo received standing ovations at the question and answer session at the Berlin film festival
Watching this film will make you want to
Whip out the old German flute out of the cupboard and bid traumatic school choir memories goodbye as you strike up the chords for Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'' again. Nothing is impossible!
Read a cafebabel.com review of Congolese musicians Staff Benda Bilili' here