Documentary | 100 min | Great Britain
Age limit: 7
In Mali, as a result of a bloody civil war, playing music is forbidden. Ansar Dine, an extremist islamic group overtook the northern areas in 2012 and started applying the strictest interpretation of Sharia law. Radio stations were burned, instruments destroyed, and
overnight, musicians sent to exile.
The music still didn't stop. A local artist Khaïra Arby says that banning music is akin to banning oxygen. ”Without music we'd be dead.” Director Johanna Schwartz follows the musicians striving to retain their culture while their home cities have turned to dust.
Songhoy Blues is the one group that gets to record and tour Great Britain. The contrast is harsh: London hotel rooms operate with magnetic cards while bombs are falling from above in Timbuktu. Something remains in common however: in both places people dance, in both places people sing.
Anton Vanha-Majamaa (translation: Antti Piirainen)
Sunday 22.11. 18:00 Andorra