Capri: Mali Blues



Capri TheaterThu, Jul 6, 2017 7:00 PM DOOR ONLY
Ticket Prices
General Public:$5.00
Film Info
Program:First Thursday Films @ The Capri
Release Year:2016
Runtime:93 min
Print Source:gebruderbeetz films
Director:Lutz Gregor
Producer:Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Cinematographer:Axel Schneppat
Editor:Markus CM Schmidt
Michelle Barbin
Principal Cast:Fatoumata Diawara
Bassekou Kouyaté
Master Soumy
Ahmed ag Kaedi


The West African country of Mali is considered the birthplace of the blues, brought later by abducted slaves to America’s cotton fields. For centuries traditional music has unified Mali’s society. Yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced sharia law in the country’s northern part, prohibiting dance and secular music, destroying instruments, and threatening musicians. Many musicians fear for their lives and flee from the region around the cities of Timbuktu and Kidal. But the Islamist terror has by now expanded to other parts of Mali as well. The UN war effort is being further increased; the German Bundeswehr army has been operating there, too, for the past three years.

The cinematic feature film Mali Blues tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence, and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country. That is, neither in Mali nor in any other place in the world.International shooting star Fatoumata Diawara, Ngoni virtuoso and traditional griot Bassekou Kouyaté, young rap singer Master Soumy, and guitar virtuoso Ahmed Ag Kaedi, leader of the Tuareg band Amanar – they all have one thing in common: their music unites, comforts, and heals, and it lends the people the vigor to bring about change and a mutual future in peace.

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This screening is a part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by Black filmmakers and exploring Black culture and experience. Topical and relevant in these turbulent times, Black Cinema aims to create a space for dialogue and better understanding. Presented with support by:




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