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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD 780.966 THE
Characteristics: digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Jan 26, 2020

Directd by Johanna Schwartz in 2016, this 100-minute documentary depicts the struggle of the musicians in Mali after the jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012.
As a vibrant testimony of resilience, the film shows the courage in the face of conflict as Malian musicians refuse to give up the fight for their right to sing and play music.
The music itself, however, doesn't move my heart.

Jun 22, 2018

Many of us who like African music are familiar with Amadou and Miriam from Mali. The musicians speaking and singing in this doc are also from Mali, showing a much darker picture of the country under fundamental islamist take-over when music was banned. There's a lot of political background to be learned, quite sad. Through all the horror of displacement, death and fear it's quite amazing how resilient these musicians are. A couple of really strong female singers who wanted to make a change in the lives of the people in their country were outstanding!

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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