Directors: Paul R. Chandler, Brian David Melnyk

  • COUNTRY : Canada, Mali


The rich, vibrant culture of Mali has long been under threat, particularly in recent years. It Must Make Peace gives voice to Mali's musicians and artists, exploring the threats they face while celebrating the diverse and breathtaking artistry that weaves together the country's intricate social fabric. Told through the captivating stories of musicians and artists, both young and old, the film provides an engaging account of how the West African nation is striving to preserve its music and deep cultural roots in the face of poverty, conflict and the influences of the West.Winding South from the Northern nomadic tribes of the Saharan Desert through the ancient religious centre of Djenné to the traditional fishing village of Markala and the chaotic capital of Bamako nestled on the banks of the Niger, the film documents how Mali's artists express and records their diverse traditions and the integral role they play in cultivating and maintaining peace.

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