They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile
The documentary shows Malian musicians that were expelled from the northern part of Mali, ending up in neighbouring countries or in refugee camps. The members of the Songhoy Blues band were discovered by an English talent scout after having fled to the city of Bamako. While touring across Europe, they would actually prefer their music to be played again throughout Mali.
Singer Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar was forced to go to Burkina Faso, where she started helping female partners in misfortune who live a refugee camp by singing with them. Despite the precariousness of their situation, the musicians struggle to keep their music alive. The tide seems to turn after the intervention of the French army in the region and the ensuing deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission. Will the banned musicians be able to return to their beloved Timbuktu to play their instruments again?
United Kingdom 2015, 100 min.
Spoken language: Bambara, English, French, Songhoy, Tamashek
Official website: http://www.theywillhavetokillusfirst.com
BBC Worldwide Music