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Filmfest DC - Mali Blues

Run Time: 92 Minutes


Mali Blues

Lutz Gregor

Germany, 2016

Although this documentary features many lively performances, the story is heartbreaking. Lutz Gregor follows a quartet of Mali musicians—Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyaté, rapper Master Soumy, and Ahmed Ag Kaedi—now exiled from the political instability in the north, where Islamist extremists have banned music and threaten to cut off musicians’ fingers. “I cannot imagine a life without music,” says Tuareg guitarist Ag Kaedi. Declaring that “we sing for peace,” the musicians forge ahead. The hypnotic Diawara strings her Fender Stratocaster and teaches her son to feel the rhythm as they play together. Kouyaté defies tradition by amplifying his ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo. Soumy is perhaps most compelling as he uses his griot skills, demanding that the radicals “explain your Islam.” The constant pressure makes the concert at the Niger River Festival at the end of the film all the more triumphant.—Dave Nuttycombe



In French, English, Bambara, and Tamasheq with English subtitles

Event Details

Filmfest DC - Mali Blues
Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:45 PM
Landmark's E Street Cinema  
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Ticket Options

General Admission - USD $13.00

Discount Packages

Packages offered through advance sale only unless otherwise noted. To purchase a package, please follow the links below:

Director's Package:
10 tickets for $100 ($140 value) plus $5.00 convenience fee
Weekday Package:
4 tickets for $45 ($56 value) plus $3.00 convenience fee

Event Map

Landmark's E Street Cinema  
555 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004