Screenings

New York University  

April 2016
Essential Cinema @ Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Galway African Film Fest  

June 2015
@ Galway, Ireland
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OFFest Macedonia  

June 1, 2015, 20:00
@ Skopje, Macedonia 
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NOVA Film Fest

Monday April 13, 2015 
@ Angelika Mosaic
Fairfax, VA 
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Sauti za Busara Fest

Sunday February 15, 2015
@ Stone Town, Zanzibar 
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Osterville Cinemathique

January 9, 2015, 7:30 PM
@ Osterville Public Library 
Tickets Available at the door  
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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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Reviews


"One of the best recently released music documentaries." - NPR Music

"The Last Song Before The War is a beautiful trip to an oasis of harmony and music in a world filled with strife." - Richard Marcus, Empty Mirror Books 

"The Last Song Before the War provides a moving and richly detailed analysis of the effects of the invasion of Mali by Ansar Dine and Al Quaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on local communities' religious and artistic traditions. With exceptionally researched ethnographic data, this film highlights the significance of the Festival au Desert to local economies and identities, the devastation caused by its exile, and the resilience of the Malian people in the face of political instability and cultural conflict.  It is a must-see for students and professors of Ethnomusicology, Religion, Sociology, Anthropology, and African Studies."                         - Erin Joanna Augis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Ramapo College of New Jersey

The Last Song Before the War is a touching tribute to the legendary Festival au Désert music festival that took place in Northern Mali from 2001 to 2012.  Masterfully interspersing footage of riveting musical performances from a variety of North African and international artists (Tinarawen, Oumou Sangaré), panoramic shots displaying the quiet beauty of the Sahara Desert, stirring images of legions of Tuareg nomads arriving by camel, and interviews with musicians, fans, and the event’s founder, the documentary captures both the joy and the mounting tension of the festival‘s final year before it was forced into exile when Islamic militants seized control of the region in 2012. The producers have crafted a film equally appealing to world music aficionados, international wanderers, armchair travelers and global politics junkies alike." - Jan Lebow, Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles

"The interviews with organizers and musicians reveal the extraordinary obstacles which had to be overcome in order to make such an event a reality. Just reaching the location is a challenge without considering the transport of the necessary equipment. But it was a labor of love and passion. Most fabulous is the performance footage and interviews with the musicians. I have spent far too many hours googling the music of these groups. It is mesmerizing and thoroughly intoxicating to see and hear this music and the blissed out audiences in the gorgeous desert night skies."- Belle McIntyre, Musee Magazine 

"The Last Song Before the War is a colorful, artistic, and yet impartial and rigorous gaze into one of the most significant conflicts of the 21st century: the war in Mali, 2012-2013. By far more than any other work of its kind, it unveils the multitude of layers of a complex society in duress, addressing effectively the causes and attitudes of the various stakeholders, just as well as the deep impact that war and violence can have at the very core of an ancient yet fragile multi-ethnic society. As an international studies professor, and a conflict analysis and transformation expert, I highly recommend The Last Song Before the War for the issues identified in this monumental cultural testimony apply easily to any other complex region infested by severe environmental stress, chronic regional grievances, corruption, trafficking, as well as the threat of religious fundamentalism. This is an ideal tool for any sensible educator who strives to maintain connected current affairs with theory in his or her graduate or undergraduate classroom." - Christos Kyrou, Ph.D., Research Director at the Center for International Relations, and Associate Professor at Dar Al Hekma University