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It must make peace

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,
UT/subtitles: English
Austrian Premiere

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.  

Trailer It Must Make Peace
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The film can be watched on This Human World. Free registration at the human rights film hub to watch the film for free.
The following discussion takes place on zoom and facebook (see below).

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: hochauerkpoda@vidc.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

More Information and Biographies look here
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