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Screening: They Will Have To Kill Us First
Wed 15 March 2017, 17:00 – 19:15 GMT
In 2012 Islamic extremists banned music in northern Mali. THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST is an extraordinary account of how musicians resisted the ban and brought music back to their homeland. This documentary fi lm has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences across the globe since it’s world premiere at SXSW in 2015.
Gaining remarkable access, Director Johanna Schwartz weaves together a story of courage under fire, reveals rare footage of jihadists in action in Mali, accompanies musicians on perilous homecomings to war-torn cities and charts the near overnight success of Songhoy Blues, a band that went from refugees on the run to international superstars in less than two years.
Johanna joins us to talk about her experiences making the film and answer your questions about this incredible project.