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They Will Have to Kill Us First

They Will Have to Kill Us First

In 2012, Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali, imposing one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law, and crucially for Mali, banning music. Overnight, Mali’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where many remain even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. 1.5 hours on 1 Disc. SDH.
SKU: 20326
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Selected for SXSW and the London Film Festival, this documentary tells the compelling story of when jihadists took control of Northern Mali in 2012. They imposed one of the strictest interpretations of Sharia law in history. On 12 August 2012 they banned music - radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali's musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, Mali’s most revered members of society - the musicians - were forced into hiding or exile where most remain even now. This film follows Mali’s musicians as they fight to keep music alive in their country. The film shows the fierce battles between the army and the jihadists. It captures life over borders at refugee camps where money and hope are scarce, follows perilous journeys home to war ravaged cities, and for one band, their path to international stardom. 1.5 hours on 1 Disc. SDH.
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Format: DVD
Run Time: 90 minutes
Region: Region 1
Editorial Reviews: “A vibrant testimony of resilience under oppression” - The New York Times
ISBN: 883929543489
Number of Discs: 1 Disc