Film and Discussion
Culture X Change # Mini Fespaco
Thursday, May 27, 2021, 6 - 9.30 pm
Opening film: IT MUST MAKE PEACE
Documentation, Paul Chandler I Brian David Melnyk, Mali 2017 I 83’, OF: Bambara, franz., Peul,
It Must Make Peace spans 3 years of filming in remote and often insecure locations all across Mali, West Africa, documenting performances and interviews with people who could be amongst the last to play their unique instruments or perform their traditional cultural arts.
The film captures their profound passion for their traditions and the important role these play in bringing diverse peoples together, while they strive for unity and peace amidst a backdrop of increasing economic and political insecurity, religious extremism and globalization.
Subsequent 8 - 9.30 pm
Talk via Zoom "Desert Blues: Cultural Activism in the Sahel"
English with french Translation
Live on VIDC facebook-channel: https://www.facebook.com/VIDC.org
Registration to the talk: firstname.lastname@example.org
The rich, vibrant culture of the Sahel states is under threat. The documentary „It Must Make Peace“ gives voice to Mali's artists, accompanies them to remote and insecure locations and celebrates their performances with unique instruments and rhythms, including the so-called Desert Blues.
The film director of „It Must Make Peace“, Paul Chandler, and other experts from the cultural sector will discuss among others following questions: What is the impact of jihadism, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic on cultural and film creation in the Sahel? How and where do filmmakers’ network when festivals and exchange programs are removed? How governments cope with the impact of these threats on society and culture? Can cultural workers be voices for peace or will they remain unheared under the noise of the guns?
Aminata Ndiaye, head of the G5 Sahel Gender Department, Nouakchott, Mauretania
Paul Chandler, film director, musican and music producer based in Bamako, Mali
François A. Akouabou Adianaga, head of the festival department at the FESPACO, Ougadougou, Burkina Faso
Alioune Ifra N'Diaye, theatre play writer, theatre and film director, Bamako, Mali
Chair: Rita Isiba, speaker, moderator and trainer, based in Vienna, Austria