They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 16:45
Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal
After the screening, journalist Renate van der Zee will talk to activist Fadimata "Disco" Walet Oumar, dirctor Johanna Schwartz and barrister Bill Shipsey about the power of music and arts in the fight against human rights violations.
When Muslim extremists took over the north of Mali, they forbade music. For four years Timbuktu was silenced, as musicians were prosecuted for plying their trade. Singer Fadimata Walet Oumar, from the film They Will Have to Kill Us First, sought refuge abroad. But even in exile in Burkina Faso the leader of the band Tartit continued to support the Tuareg women and children in the refugee camps with music and education. ‘To us, music is therapy’. Read more.
Johanna Schwartz is an award-winning American born, UK based filmmaker who creates thought-provoking documentaries with a profound sense of place and time, and a highly praised natural filming style.
Bill Shipsey is the founder of Art For Amnesty Amnesty International’s global artist engagement programme. He also initiated and produced Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award – an accolade that has been bestowed on such diverse activists as Nelson Mandela, Václav Havel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Peter Gabriel and U2. Shipsey was Co-Executive Producer of “Instant Karma” – Amnesty’s multi-star benefit album of John Lennon compositions. He is a former Chair of the Irish Section of Amnesty International and a former member of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International. By profession Shipsey is a Barrister and has appeared for Amnesty International before the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has consulted widely with other human rights organisations around the world seeking to partner with artists in the promotion of human rights campaigns.
Renate van der Zee is a socially engaged journalist and writer. She researches social issues such as migration, human trafficking and women's rights and writes about this in various Dutch magazines.