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Film fundraiser success

Friday 10th February 2012

Lost In Film, the Lostwithiel Film Society, held a charity screening of Benda Bilili! at the end of January. The documentary about African street musicians was filmed over 5 years, and follows a group called Staff Benda Bilili who are homeless disabled musicians living in Congo-Kinshasa. The group meet and rehearse in the city zoo, and the documentary follows the musicians' seemingly impossible journey from the street to international fame.

From ticket sales and donations collected on the night, Lost In Film raised £150 which will be donated to Merlin International, the charity which supported Benda Bilili and which continues to work in Democratic Republic of Congo, providing much needed medical treatment and services.

Lost In Film chairman Mat Connolley was delighted with the turn out and the amount raised: "We had a nearly full house and a great audience reaction, there was a round of applause afterwards and many people told us how much they enjoyed it. It's a wonderful film - heartwarming, humbling and thought-provoking in equal measures. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported, the money raised will go a really long way providing basic medical treatment to those in great need."

Lost In Film shows a film on the last Monday of every month at Church Rooms, Lostwithiel, with additional screenings as advertised. Their next films will be The Fighter on 27th February and Jane Eyre on 26th March. Full details of all films are available on the website