Mali Blues

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Showings

Uptown Theatre Fri, Apr 14, 2017 4:45 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Thu, Apr 20, 2017 2:20 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Mon, Apr 24, 2017 5:25 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Members:$11.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Documentaries
Passages
Tags:Documentary
Music
Human Rights
War
Performance
Women's Issues
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Art in Pictures
Release Year:2016
Runtime:93 min
Country/Region:Mali
Germany
Language:French
Bambara
Tamasheq
English
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Icarus Films
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXTq-SpOeTs
Cast/Crew
Director:Lutz Gregor
Producer:Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Christian Beetz
Cinematographer:Axel Schneppat
Editor:Markus CM Schmidt
Michelle Barbin
Filmography:Debut Feature

Description

Mali, situated in the heart of western Africa, is often regarded as the cradle of today’s Blues and Jazz. For centuries, music has strengthened Mali’s cultural identity, with musicians holding strong positions in society. Following Fatoumata Diawara, an acclaimed performer of stage and screen born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Mali Blues is a rich musical journey. Diawara seeks to expose the world to the rich traditions of Wassalou traditions with Southern Mali music, even as the music and its performers are threatened by radical Islamists.

Director Lutz Gregor takes viewers on a trip through the geographical, political and musical landscape of Mali, meeting other committed musicians who are fighting for unity and the freedom to express themselves through their music. Mali Blues features world famous Ngoni player and traditional griot Bassekou Kouyaté, street rapper Master Soumy, and Tuareg band leader Ahmed Ag Kaedi.


Director’s Biography

Lutz Gregor: Lutz Gregor was born in Berlin in 1952, and, since 1983, he has established himself in the sphere of experimental documentaries later becoming especially interested in the connection between film and dance. Several dance film productions have resulted from his own dance practice, Contact Improvisation. His numerous film and dance collaborations have been screened at festivals around the world.


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