Sembène Film Festival: They Will Have To Kill Us FirstThursday, October 6, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for a screening of the film They Will Have To Kill Us First, presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival in partnership with City of Asylum.
They Will Have To Kill Us First is a riveting documentary that follows Malian musicians in hiding, in exile, but always fighting back when Islamic extremists joined with the Touareg separatists and took control of northern Mali in 2012 with the intentions of turning parts of Northern Mali into an Islamic state. A very harsh interpretation of Sharia law was enforced and all music was banned.
Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death.
Overnight, Mali’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile where most remain even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Through everything, they have used music as their weapon against the on-going violence that has left Mali ravaged. (Courtesy of theywillhavetokillusfirst.com)
Dr. Jean-Jacques Sène will lead the Q&A and give us a crash course on the current conflict in Mali. Dr. Sène is an associate professor of History at Chatham University where he also directs the Global Focus Program.
Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.
The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.