Screenings

UCSB Multicultural Center 

November 5, 2014, 6 PM
@ Santa Barbara, CA

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Africa in Motion Film Fest 

Octobter 26, 2014, 7 PM
@ Edinburgh 

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Warsaw Film Fest  

October 12, 15, 18, 2014 
@ Warsaw, Poland

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Centro Cultural de Cartaxo

October 2, 2014 
@ Cartaxo, Portugal 

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LINCOLN CENTER SOUND + VISION

August 3, 2014, 2:30PM
@ New York, NY

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FILM INITIATIV KOLN

August 2, 2014, TBD
@ Cologne, GERMANY

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REGINA PUBLIC THEATRE

July 31-August 3, 2014
@ Regina, SK 

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LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS

July 27, 2014, 3PM
@ New York, NY with globalFEST

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ZANZIBAR INTL FILM FEST

June 18, 2014, 4:25 PM
@ Hilton, ZANZIBAR

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SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FEST

June 12, 2014, 6:00 PM
@ Dolby Lab Theater

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BERLIN SCREENING w SAHEL CALLING

June 2, 2014, 8:00 PM 
@ Berlin, GERMANY

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HELSINKI AFRICAN FILM FEST

May 18, 2014, 6:30 PM 
@ Helsinki, FINLAND

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NY AFRICAN FILM FEST

May 16, 2014, 7 PM. Post-screening reception at Maysles Cinema.
@ New York, NY 

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CURACAO INTL FILM FEST

April 2014  
Willemstad, CURACAO

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TALKFEST PORTUGAL

MAR 2014  
@ Lisbon, PORTUGAL

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PAN AFRICAN FILM FEST

FEB 10, 7:25 PM & FEB 15, 5:40 PM  
@ Los Angeles, CA 

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VICTORIA FILM FEST

FEB 15, 2014, 6PM 
@ Victoria, BC, CANADA 

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INTL FILM FEST ROTTERDAM

JAN 24, 2014, 8:30 PM 
@ Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS 

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AFRICAN DIASPORA INTL FILM FEST-NEW YORK 

DEC 8, 2013, 3PM @ Quad Cinema (New York, NY) 
DEC 10, 2013, 8:30 PM @ Columbia Teacher's College

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DOC LOUNGE SWEDEN

NOV 1, 2013, Stockholm More Info
NOV 7, 2013, Göteborg More Info
@ Doc Lounge, SWEDEN 

BLOOR CINEMA 

OCT 28, 2013, 6:30PM
The film will be shown at the HOT DOCS Bloor Cinema in collaboration with the Canadian Royal Music Conservatory with special guest Kiran Ahluwalia. 
@ Toronto, CANADA

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WOMEX WORLD MUSIC EXPO

OCT 24, 2013, 3PM
IMZ World Music Film Festival  
@ Cardiff, WALES 

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KAUNAS INTL FILM FEST

SEPT 30, 2013, 20:00, M. K. Žilinskas Art Gallery
OCT 13, 2013 21:00, Cinema "Skalvija"

@ Kaunas, LITHUANIA

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WORLD MUSIC & INDEPENDENT FILM FEST 

AUG 23, 2013, 9PM (Washington, DC) 
@ Navy Memorial Museum, Burke Theater  

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WOODS HOLE FILM FEST 

JULY 29, 2013, 7PM (Woods Hole, MA)
@ The Community Hall 

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CHICAGO INTL MOVIES & MUSIC FEST

APRIL 21, 2013, 5 & 7PM (Chicago, IL)
@ The Society for the Arts

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The Last Song Before the War is a feature-length documentary that captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. The festival history is told from the perspective of the co-founder and festival director, Manny Ansar, the musicians who perform and the intrepid travelers from around the world who make the long journey to attend the festival. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in such challenging economic and political circumstances. After 12 years of success and unforgettable musical moments, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt in 2012 when separatist rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali.

The Last Song Before the War chronicles the 2011 Festival—arguably the last edition that still captured its original goals—a global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music.

Official Selection
Chicago International
Movies and Music Festival 2013
Official Selection
Woods Hole Film Festival
2013
Official Selection
Kaunas International
Film Festival 2013
Int'l Music & Media Center
Womex 13 World Music Expo
2013
Best Music Documentary
World Music & Independent
Film Festival 2013
Official Selection
NY African Diaspora
International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection
Intl Film Fest Rotterdam
2014
Official Selection
Pan African Film Festival
2014
Official Selection
Victoria Film Festival
2014
Official Selection
Vancouver Biennale
Open Borders/Crossroads 2014
Official Selection
Curacao International
Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection
Helsinki African Film
Festival, 2014
Official Selection
NY African Film Fest
2014
Official Selection
Zanzibar Intl Film Fest
2014
Official Selection
San Francisco Black
Film Festival 2014
Official Selection
Warsaw Film Fest
2014