It Must Make Peace

Paul R. Chandler, Brian David Melnyk

Mali was once a paradise for music-lovers. Now, traditional music and dance is rapidly losing ground to globalisation, a declining economy and religious radicalisation. Over three years, Paul R. Chandler and Brian Melnyk documented the remaining music scene and the threats coming at it from all sides. More than just entertainment, Malian music heals, cures, celebrates, reflects, encourages and unifies. It creates a moment of peace: disputes are set aside, differences forgotten.

Besides long performances, the film contains interviews with concerned musicians who fear that a whole culture will be lost along with the old music. But some – like the new generation of rappers, who combine rap with traditional elements – are more hopeful. They use their influence to educate younger generations and make them more aware – thereby symbolising a renewal of self-confidence in this former French colony.

Part of Scopitone Cafe, an eclectic mix of documentaries about music and how it is experienced. Stick around for fun, chat, music and more. The bar is open! Free admission.  

Screenings

  • Schouwburg Kleine Zaal
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 2
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy
  • LantarenVenster 6
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Paul R. Chandler, Brian David Melnyk
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Mali
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
123’
Language
Bambara, French, Peul, Tamasheq
Producer
Paul R. Chandler
Production Company
Instruments 4 Africa
Sales
Instruments 4 Africa
Cinematography
Brian David Melnyk
Editor
Brian David Melnyk
Sound Design
Brian David Melnyk
Website
http://itmustmakepeace.com/index.html