They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile
From Friday 11 November at 20:00 on BBC Brit channel 120
Selected for 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.