Songhoy Blues Make Uk Appearance Alongside Documentary Release

Art & Culture

Documentary "They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile" will be debuted in London next month. The screening on 13th October at Picturehouse Central sees a performance by Songhoy Blues, some of the film's key musicians, and an audience with director Johanna Schwartz. The 14th sees the film being screened at Richmix in Shoreditch, followed with another Q&A (this time with producer Sarah Mosses and director Scwartz).

The film follows the struggle of Malian musicians following the seizure of Northern Mali by Islamic jihadists. After enforcing one of the harshest interpretations of Sharia Law in history, music in all its forms was banned and Mali's revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where many remain. Full of difficult and brutal footage of life in refugee camps and the jihadists themselves, we watch the various groups and individual musicians as they prepare for the first public concert in Timbuktu since the ban.