Trailer: New Film Shows Malian Musicians Fighting The Sharia Music Ban

'They Will Have to Kill Us First' is part of the Film Africa festival, returning to London in late October

Trailer: New Film Shows Malian Musicians Fighting The Sharia Music Ban

'They Will Have to Kill Us First' is part of the Film Africa festival, returning to London in late October

Film Africa, the 10 day celebration of African Cinema, returns to London for it's fifth edition from October 30th. Screening over 60 films from 26 African countries across 11 London venues, the program covers everything from features, documentaries, director Q&As, special strands and short films, with this year seeing strands handed over to Ethopia in Transition, Love in Africa, Lusophone productions and a section given over to film documenting the music of the continent.  

Whilst there's plenty on the program worth a look, we're particualrly interested in checking out They Will Have to Kill Us First, a fascinating looking documentary covering Malian artists fighting back against Islamic Law which, since 2012, has banned the playing of their secular music in Mali in one of the harshest interpretations of Sharia law the world has seen.

Screening on Sun Nov 1st at the British Library, you can check out the trailer below, and see more information about the festival over on the Film Africa website

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