Event Date and time: Thursday 29th June, 2017 | 20:30 – 22:30
Organisers: DOC Supper
Event website: They Will Have to Kill Us First + Q&A
Event cost: £6
In 2012, jihadists took control of Northern Mali, imposing one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in recent years and, crucially for Mali, banning one of the key parts of their identity and culture, music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments were burnt and overnight, Mali’s musicians were forced into hiding or exile. The film follows these musicians, from the cultural icons and activists hunted and in hiding, to the bands brought together by the atrocities happening in their home country, in their fight for freedom, and their right to sing. In the words of the Malian activist Disco, in order to stop Mali’s music, “they will have to kill us first“.