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Mali, situated in the heart of Western Africa, is often regarded as the cradle of today’s Blues. For centuries, music has strengthened Mali’s cultural identity. When Mali’s North came under the rule of Islamic fundamentalists, the fighters went after the country’s culture, destroyed ancient cultural heritage and imposed an incredibly strict Sharia law, which banned all worldly music. Musicians had to flee. Following Fatoumata Diawara, the young shooting star of the global pop scene, MALI BLUES explores the country’s rich musical culture and it’s threat by radical Islamists. In the film we meet other committed musicians who are fighting for unity and the freedom of artistic expression, like the traditional Griot Bassekou Kouyaté, Rapper Master Soumy, and Tuareg musician Ahmed Ag Kaedi.
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Director Lutz Gregor
Screenplay Lutz Gregor
Cinematography Axel Schneppat
Producer Christian Beetz
Production Company gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
Runtime 93 min
Format Blu-ray, DCP, DVD, color, 1:1.78
 French, Bambara, Tamasheq
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Visions du Réel Nyon 2016, Indie Lisboa 2016, Toronto 2016, Warsaw 2016, Stockholm 2016, Dubai 2016, Dublin 2017, Art Fifa 2017, Santa Barbara 2017
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Creative Europe MEDIA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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