They Will Have To Kill Us First Movie

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Who's Involved:

Johanna Schwartz

Release Date:

Friday, March 4, 2016 (New York)
Friday, April 1, 2016 (Los Angeles)

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Runtime: N/A
Language: English (subtitled)

Plot: What's the story about?

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law by banning all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned, and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, the country’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where most remain -- even now. But rather than laying down their instruments, these courageous artists fought back, standing up for their freedoms and using music as a weapon against the ongoing violence that has ravaged their homeland.

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  1. OFFICIAL SELECTION: SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2015
  2. They Will Have To Kill Us First is director Schwartz’s debut feature, and follows Songhoy Blues and musicians Kharia Arby, Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar,and Moussa Sidi as they each deal with the unfathomable situation in different ways. Telling the story of the uprising of Touareg separatists, revealing footage of the jihadists, and capturing life at refugee camps where both money and hope are scarce, Schwartz and her indefatigable, mainly female, crew chart the perilous journeys to war-ravaged cities, as some of Mali’s most talented musicians set up and perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban.

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  1. February 2016: The film was in Completed status.

They Will Have To Kill Us First Release Date: When was the film released?

They Will Have To Kill Us First was released in 2016 on Friday, March 4, 2016 (New York release). There were 14 other movies released on the same date, including Zootopia, London Has Fallen and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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