They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.
“Johanna Schwartz’s miraculously hopeful documentary delivers a vibrant testimony of resilience under oppression.”
New York Times
Directed by Johanna Schwartz
Produced by Johanna Schwartz, Sarah Mosses, John Schwartz and Kat Amara Korba
Executive Producers – Andre Singer, Stephen Hendel, Victors Steventon
A Mojo Musique production in association with Spring Films and Together Films.