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Rated NR · 95 minutes · 2010

Documentary
In this 2009 documentary, African musicians are rehearsing the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for an upcoming outdoor concert in Kinshasa, capital of Zaire. Some, having lost instruments in past fighting, are seen carving new ones out of wood. Torn violin strings have been replaced with bicycle brake cables; a bus wheel rim serves as a bell in D. Many Zaireans, not having heard Western classical music, have been "astonished" at past concerts. This is a great story worth seeing, despite being poorly told in rambling, indifferent, visually disorganized direction by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer. In French and Lingala with subtitles.


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Director: Martin Baer and Claus Wischmann
Producer: Stefan Pannen and Holger Preube

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