Past eventMembersScreening Room

They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile

23 May 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00

Chatham House London, UK


Johanna Schwartz, Director, They Will Have to Kill Us to First

Andy Morgan, Writer, They Will Have to Kill Us to First

Aliou Touré, Songhoy Blues



When Islamist militants took control of northern Mali in 2012, all forms of music were outlawed under a religious ban. Mali’s musicians faced torture and were forced into hiding or exile.
As part of our new Screening Room series, Chatham House will host a screening of They Will Have to Kill Us First, which follows Malian musicians who fought back, using music to protest against the ongoing violence. The film draws the audience into the human side of Mali’s conflict and examines extremist attacks on culture, art and freedom.
The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A session with director Johanna Schwartz, writer Andy Morgan and Malian band Songhoy Blues. Guests will then be invited to join the panel for an informal reception to continue the discussion.

Programme running time: 99 minutes

This event will be followed by a reception.