Mali Blues

MALI BLUES is a musical road movie illustrating Mali’s rich musical culture. Together with Fatoumata Diawara – the young shooting star of the global pop scene – we travel through breath-taking landscapes and discover Mali’s agitated heart from Bamako to Timbuktu and the musicians’ fight to protect their music against radical Islamists.

Un film sur la force unifiante de la musique.

Un film de Lutz Gregor.

MALI BLUES est un voyage musical. Il illustre la riche culture musicale de ce pays ouest-africain, le danger de la charia et la lutte des artistes pour la paix, l’expression libre et un « printemps africain ».

News

  • 06/2014 - Christian Beetz at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Sunny Side Of The Doc

    Producer Christian Beetz on tour: on 10th of June you can meet him at Sheffield Doc/Fest. First he will talk [...]

    Producer Christian Beetz on tour: on 10th of June you can meet him at Sheffield Doc/Fest. First he will talk about "How to Co-Produce with Germany. Possibilities to Work with Film Funds, Broadcasters and Producers" on the roundtable at 10 am. He will then attend the session "Co-Producing in South-America", moderated by producer Bettina Walter at 12 am. On June 08 and 11, Sheffield Doc/Fest will screen our documentary "Nelson Mandela: the myth & me". The film will be at the videotheque afterwards, as well as our documentary "Before the Last Curtail Falls". On 24th of June he will pitch our project MALI BLUES at Sunny Side Of The Docs. The Arts & Culture session will take place in the Agora from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Director Lutz Gregor travels through the West African country talking to musicians about the constant threat by the Sharia and their fight for music as a human right.

    Sheffield Doc/Fest Screening Date
    Sheffield Doc/Fest Roundtable
    Sheffield Doc/Fest Session "Co-Producing in South-America"
    Sunny Side
    Nelson Mandela: the myth & me on Facebook
    Before the Last Curtain Falls on Facebook
    Mali Blues on Facebook


  • 11/2013 - Successful IDFA-pitches: "Mali Blues" and "Falciani's List"

    Two of our recent projects “Mali Blues” and “Falciani´s List” were successfully pitched at IDFA last week. “Falciani´s List” (Director: [...]

    Two of our recent projects "Mali Blues" and "Falciani´s List" were successfully pitched at IDFA last week. "Falciani´s List" (Director: Ben Lewis / spanish coproduction: Polar Star Films, Bettina Walter) Pitch on Sonday, 24th November 2013 Lutz Gregor's film is a musical road movie illustrating Mali’s rich musical culture. It is about islamic fundamentalists threatening this musical culture and the artist's fight for peace, free expression and an "African spring". "Mali Blues" (Director: Lutz Gregor) Pitch on Monday, 25th November 2013: 5 TV-Broadcasters The documentary is about the whistle-blower Hervé Falciani who distributed a list containing 130.000 secret bank accounts to several governments in 2006 - and significantly fueled a debate about international tax dodging.

    IDFA
    Falciani´s List
    Mali Blues


  • 11/2013 - Gebrueder Beetz at IDFA in Amsterdam

    CEO Christian Beetz and Producer Georg Tschurtschenthaler attend the IDFA in Amsterdam from Sunday. Gebrueder Beetz’ first activity is the [...]

    CEO Christian Beetz and Producer Georg Tschurtschenthaler attend the IDFA in Amsterdam from Sunday. Gebrueder Beetz' first activity is the EBU-pitch for the documentary "Falciani" on Sunday, November 24th. Following this, our film "Nelson Mandela: the myth & me" has it's world premiere at 9:00 pm at the long-standing Theater Tuschinski. Further pitching takes place on Monday: our project "Mali Blues" is presented at IDFA-Forum. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is the world's largest documentary film festival held from November 20th to December 1st 2013. Our Team's participation in festivals and panels is also listed in the website's new section "WHO, WHEN, WHERE" via "COMPANY".

    IDFA's Website



Mali Blues

MALI BLUES is a musical road movie discovering the rich musical culture of this West African country. Threatened by the sharia, the musicians are forcedly exiled from the North. The film shows how the artists survive in this difficult situation and how they fight for music as their human right. They are courageous to voice their resentment of the dictatorship, which is hostile to culture. Finally, they believe reconciliation and a life in peace and religious tolerance within all ethnicities is possible.

In Mali, music is part of daily life. It accompanies each Malian from birth until death. Mali is home to Global Pop’s biggest stars such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré, Ali Farka Touré. Today, Mali’s music is in fashion. Musicians from all over the world, who are looking for inspiration no longer travel to India or Jamaica – they go to Mali, in spite of the terrorist threat. Not long ago, Brian Eno and Damon Albarn of Blur came to Mali to collaborate with Malian shooting stars. Regularly, even established artists such as Buena Vista Social Club’ producer Ry Cooder or US-American Blues-legend Taj Mahal come to Mali in search of inspiration.

When Islamists – brought in by Tuareg minorities – took over power in the North of Mali, they first went after the country’s culture: they silenced the music, threatened musicians and destroyed their instruments. Even after the liberation of the North, people all over the country are left traumatised. Will music contribute to the reconciliation process?

Following our protagonists, we embark on a journey from Bamako in the South West to Timbuktu in the North – Mali’s agitated heart. Together with Fatoumata Diawara – the young shooting star of Global Pop, ngoni-virtuoso Bassekou Kouyaté as well as Khaira Arby – the strong-voiced diva from Timbuktu, we seek the traces of this endangered musical culture. A musical journey into the vibrant heart of Mali and to the roots of the Afro-American music, Blues and Jazz enabling us to meet extraordinary artists and people. It will change our understanding of Africa.

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