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 ».

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  • 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.

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  • 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".

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Mali Blues

MALI BLUES is a musical road movie illustrating Mali’s rich musical culture. Alongside 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 in the Southwest to the “Festival au Désert“ in northern Timbuktu.

Fatoumata Diawara symbolizes a young generation of African women: energetic, strong-minded, confident and politically engaged. She is dedicated to unify all artists spread throughout Mali who feel threatened by sharia and want to defend their right to music as a human right against religious militants. Her idea is to arrange a “Mali All Stars Orchestra” which would play a concert at „Festival au Désert“ in Timbuktu. They would unify their voices and reconquer Mali‘s north, ideologically and musically.

Some say, an “African spring” is approaching. The idea is not far- fetched: Many other famous musicians such as Salif Keitá, Oumou Sangaré, Rokia Traoré, Bassekou Koyaté, Amkoullel or the young Tuaregband Tamikrest fear they will not be able to practice their passion of music in crisis-ridden Mali if Islamic fundamentalists take over. All of these artists, may they originate from different parts of the country, belong to different ethnic groups and represent different musical styles and traditions ally in one single motive: Protecting Mali’s unique musical and cultural heritage. Mali’s musical culture is depicted in Martin Scorcese’s film “Feel like going home“ (2003). Here is where Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Touré recorded their legendary and Grammy-rewarded 1993 album “Talking Timbuktu“.

For 10 months in 2012, Mali was under the rule of Islamic fundamentalists. The artists were silenced and – in the North – foreign music and dance were abolishes all together. Instruments were destroyed and musicians menaced. The world-renowned “Festival au Désert“ was banished. Wanting to take power over Mali, the religious extremists first went after the country’s culture. Even though the militants have retrieved, the awareness and memories remain.

In 2013 Fatoumata Diawara initiated the project “Malian Musicians United” assembling nearly 40 of the country’s most prestigious musicians. In their globally noticed clip “Mali- Ko” they sing about their human right to music. They pray for peace, decry corrupt politicians, the danger of the sharia and the possibility of a tolerant Islam. International personalities such as Bono, Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder support their movement.

MALI BLUES also depicts the roots of Afro-American blues and jazz. Through the songs, we get to know the artists’ hopes and dreams as well as their daily sorrows. Whoever tries to take the music from Mali rips out this country’s heart.

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