A documentary about the music ban in the Republic of Mali following the 2012 state coup.
Music—a phenomenon that had always been one of Mali’s most important modes of communication, vanished entirely after the state coup of 2012. A documentary by Johanna Schwartz tells the story of this African country’s people, who had instantly lost something essential they couldn’t imagine their lives without. But, as the political conflict continues in Mali, local musicians keep on fighting for their right to sing.
They Will Have to Kill Us First
Director Johanna Schwartz. UK, 2015. 100 minutes.