They Will Have To Kill Us First

They Will Have To Kill Us First

Malian Music In Exile

DVD - 2016
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In 2012, jihadists took control of northern Mali, imposing one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law, and crucially for Mali, banning music. Radio stations destroyed, instruments burned and overnight, Mali's musicians were forced into hiding or exile where many remain even now. Follow Mali's musicians as they fight to keep music alive.
Special features: audio commentary by director Johanna Schwartz and editor Guy Creasey; Songhoy Blues outtakes: excerpts of longer interviews with one of the film's stars, breakthrough band Songhoy Blues; extended look at Songhoy Blues and Nick Zimmer working together in the Studio in Mali.


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Aug 30, 2017

We loved it. The film introduces the viewer to a handful of musicians from Mali who are singers, guitar players, ... Their country is at war but these people are not victims. They are contemporary musicians. We hear them play & speak about their music & their lives. We recommend this film. It is highly enjoyable as well as being informative.

Dec 26, 2016

Pretty disappointing. I found it disjointed, with not enough focus on actual music. Not satisfying.

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