'They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile' continues on its North American theatrical run.
They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile continues its North American theatrical run. BBC Worldwide North America released the film earlier this month in the U.S.
Johanna Schwartz’s masterpiece of a documentary, which Okayafrica is an executive producer on, follows a group of Malian musicians and their fight to continue their life’s work in the face of Islamic extremists, who in 2012 imposed sharia law over a large swath of northern Mali and with it a ban on music. The musicians we meet risk their lives to keep Mali’s musical tradition in tact.
There’s the four young men who make up Songhoy Blues, the sensational ‘desert punk and blues’ band that made history last year as the first African band signed to Atlantic Records since 1972. The beloved “Nightingale of the North” Khaira Arby is a living legend who worked tirelessly to put on the first public concert in her hometown, Timbuktu, since the ban on music. Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar is a renowned singer who advocates for the Tuareg women of refugee camps in Burkina Faso. We see the heartwrenching story of Tuareg guitarist Moussa Sidi and his return home from exile.
"Johanna Schwartz’s miraculously hopeful documentary, 'They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile,' delivers a vibrant testimony of resilience under oppression," writes The New York Times.
The film's soundtrack, composed by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and featuring contributions by Songhoy Blues, the late Malian legend Ali Farka Touré and his son Vieux Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Bombino and more, is out now on Knitting Factory Records.
They Will Have To Kill Us First makes its Los Angeles debut April 1 in Irvine and Santa Monica. Tickets to the L.A. Santa Monica (Laemmle Monica Theatre) screenings are now on sale. Head here for a full list of dates and cities, including screenings in Seattle (April 4 & 6), Portland (April 7) and Santa Fe (April 1).
Okayafrica is offering up a chance to win a pair of tickets to see 'They Will Have To Kill Us First' at Laemmle Monica Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 2, 7:30pm. Filmmaker Johanna Schwartz will be in attendance for a Q&A. Enter below for a chance to win. Contest ends Tuesday, March 29.