Mali Blues

Mali’s Music defines the country’s cultural identity. But radical Islamists took over power in Northern Mali and bring the music into danger. The film MALI BLUES tells the stories of four musicians who will never accept hatred, mistrust, violence or a radical Islam – neither in Mali nor in the rest of the world.

News

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



Mali Blues

Mali is the cradle of Blues and Jazz – West-African slaves once brought their music to the cotton fields in North America. Traditional music holds society together and is present in every aspect of Malian life. But this music is in danger. In 2012, radical Islamists took over power in northern Mali and force people to a radical Islam. Music was forbidden and musicians were threatened. They fear for their life and had to leave Timbuktu and Kidal.

The film MALI BLUES tells the stories of four musicians who will never accept hatred, mistrust, violence or a radical Islam – neither in Mali nor in the rest of the world.

International shooting star Fatoumata Diawara, Ngoni player and traditional Griot Bassekou Kouyaté, rapper Master Soumi and Ahmed Ag Kaedy, leader of the tuareg group Amanar – they all have something in common: music connects, consoles, heals and gives people the power to fight for a change and for a future in peace.

Director: Lutz Gregor
Director of Photography: Axel Schneppat
Assistant DoP: Konrad Waldmann
Sound: Pascal Capitolin
Location Manager: Bärbel Mauch
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production Assistants: Anique Roelfsema, Céline Deligny, Lea-Marie Körner
Producer: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Technical Supervisor: Philipp Weigold
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz

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