They Will Have to Kill Us First Official Trailer (2016) Documentary HD
They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile Opening Theatrically on March 4 in NY and April 1 in LA
BBC Worldwide North America brings you a very powerful feature documentary 'They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile,' coming this March, timed to Music Freedom Day 2016, directed by Johanna Schwartz.
Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law by banning all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned, and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, the country’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where most remain -- even now. But rather than laying down their instruments, these courageous artists fought back, standing up for their freedoms and using music as a weapon against the ongoing violence that has ravaged their homeland.
They Will Have To Kill Us First, a heavy in-depth documentary, is director Schwartz’s debut feature, and follows Songhoy Blues and musicians Kharia Arby, Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar,and Moussa Sidi as they each deal with the unfathomable situation in different ways. Telling the story of the uprising of Touareg separatists, revealing footage of the jihadists, and capturing life at refugee camps where both money and hope are scarce, Schwartz and her indefatigable, mainly female, crew chart the perilous journeys to war-ravaged cities, as some of Mali’s most talented musicians set up and perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban.
The film is Co-written by Schwartz and Andy Morgan, renowned journalist and former manager of Grammy® Award winning band Tinariwen, They Will Have To Kill Us First is produced by Sarah Mosses of Together Films and executive produced by Andre Singer (The Act of Killing) alongside Stephen Hendel, Victoria Stevenson, OKAY Africa and Knitting Factory Entertainment.
They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, features an original score by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and a commissioned soundtrack featuring Songhoy Blues, Kharia Arby, Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar, Moussa Sidi.
Information supplied by BBC Worldwide and with permission by EMMA GRIFFITHS PR.
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Antonio Saillant, Celebrity Spotlight Radio on March 2, 2016 at the BBC Worldwide Offices in NYC, Filmmaker Johanna Schwartz, Songhoy Blues Group and the film's co-writer, Andy Morgan.