Event Date and time: November 2 | 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Venue details: BFI Southbank | Belvedere Road, South Bank, | London SE1 8XT

Organisers: Film Africa0203 073 8337 | |

The Royal African Society | 20 3073 8335 |

Event website: MALI BLUES – FILM AFRICA 2016

Event cost: £7

Dir. Lutz Gregor
Germany. 2016. 93 mins. French, Bambara and Tamasheq with English subtitles. N/C 15+

In Mali, music unifies people and nourishes their body and spirit. Since radical Islamists occupied the north, it has been banned and its performers threatened. In this gorgeous and affecting documentary, one of the country’s most regarded performers (and also a film star) Fatoumata Diawara takes us on a journey along with Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Bassekou Kouyaté and Master Soumy. We listen to them play but also hear their reflections on the political situation and the importance of what they do for the body, the mind and the unity of a people.

In partnership with the BFI’s African Odysseys season.

Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s  annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.
Film Africa LIVE! music nights.
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