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Mali Blues

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© Konrad Waldmann, 2016; courtesy Icarus Films.
Musician Fatoumata Diawara, © Phil Sharp, 2016; courtesy Icarus Films.
Fatoumata Diawara sings for the women of her home village, © Konrad Waldmann, 2016; courtesy of Icarus Films.
Musician Ahmed Ag Kaedi, © Konrad Waldmann, 2016; courtesy of Icarus Films.
MALI BLUES Trailer | Festival 2016
Mali Blues

(Lutz Gregor, 2016)

Fri, June 16, 2017 7 PM
Sat, June 17, 2017 7 PM

“A zenith of the music documentary genre.”—Cinema Scope

The West African country of Mali is the birthplace of the blues, a musical tradition that’s flourished in America since being carried here by the transatlantic slave. Yet today, the music and musicians of Mali are in danger. As fundamentalist Islam and sharia law become more widespread in the region, dance and secular music are prohibited, musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee their homeland. This vibrant documentary follows four artists—including singer Fatoumata “Fatou” Diawara, memorably featured in the Oscar-nominated film Timbuktu, and Bassekou Kouyaté, a celebrated ngoni player who performed at the Wex in 2011—who combine rich musical traditions with contemporary influences, using their music to stand up to extremism and inspire tolerance and peace. (93 mins., DCP)

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