Join KBOO and Ko-Falen Cultural Center for an extraordinary documentary of Mali’s musicians, THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST, as they fight for their right to sing.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Listen to the Desert Sounds of Mali musicians while you peruse Malian Arts & Crafts and mine information on Ko-Falen Cultural Center—a nonprofit doing work in Mali and the US.
The documentary film is preceded by a Ko-Falen short film entitled: Spinners of Stories: Women Storytellers of Baroueli (bar-oo-WALL-ee).
A Q&A with Malians Baba Wague Diakite and Ibrahim Kelly will follow the film.
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 in history: They banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture. Overnight, Malians’ revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile
But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Throughout their struggle, they have used music as their weapon against ongoing violence that has left Mali ravaged.
THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST sees musicians on the run, tells the story of the uprising of Touareg separatists, reveals rare footage of the jihadists, captures life at refugee camps where money and hope are scarce, charts perilous journeys home to war-ravaged cities, and follows our characters as they set up and perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban.