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Dir. Lutz Gregor
Germany. 2016. 93 mins. French, Bambara and Tamasheq with English subtitles. N/C 15+

In Mali, music unifies people and nourishes their body and spirit. Since radical Islamists occupied the north, it has been banned and its performers threatened. In this gorgeous and affecting documentary, one of the country’s most regarded performers (and also a film star) Fatoumata Diawara takes us on a journey along with Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Bassekou Kouyaté and Master Soumy. We listen to them play but also hear their reflections on the political situation and the importance of what they do for the body, the mind and the unity of a people.

In partnership with the BFI’s African Odysseys season.


mali-blues-lutz-gregorLutz Gregor has been working as a freelance filmmaker since 1983. In his work he is particularly interested in the link between society, music and dance and combines documentary and artistic techniques. He teaches at media, dance and art schools, and specialises in‘Physical Cinema Workshops’.