After taking control of Northern Mali in 2012, Islamist extremists implemented a law banning all forms of music, effectively cutting off the lifeblood of Malian culture. Radio stations were demolished, instruments destroyed and musicians faced torture, exile or death. They Will Have to Kill Us First spotlights those who refuse lay down their instruments and be silenced, following Disco, Moussa, Khaira and the band Songhoy Blues as they fight to keep their vibrant culture alive. Made over several years and backed by an incredible soundtrack, They Will Have to Kill Us First revives the age-old adage of music as a weapon, used here as a joyous crusade to overcome suffering, fear and the wretchedness of cultures in conflict.
Sunday 13 November, 15:15
Director: Johanna Schwartz
Germany/Mali, 2015, 105 mins, multiple languages with English subtitles, 15
£6.50 full / £4.50 concessions