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They Will Have to Kill Us First (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
International Box Office $7,943Details
Worldwide Box Office $7,943
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Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history and, crucially for Mali, they banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, Mali’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile where most remain even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Through everything, they have used music as their weapon against the on-going violence that has left Mali ravaged.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time International Box Office (Rank 11,601-11,700) 11,634 $7,943
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 20,101-20,200) 20,185 $7,943

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$600,000
Domestic Releases: March 4th, 2016 (Limited) by BBC Worldwide North America
International Releases: October 23rd, 2015 (Limited) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: March 4th, 2016
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 99 minutes
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Keywords: Religious Extremism, Musicians, Fugitive / On the Run, Archive Footage
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Mojo Musique, Together Films, Spring Films LTD, Knitting Factory Entertainment, Influence Films, Hartley Foundation, OkayAfrica
Production Countries: United Kingdom


Khaira Arby    Herself
Moussa Sidi    Himself
Songhoy Blues*    Himself
Songhoy Blues*    Himself
Songhoy Blues*    Himself
Songhoy Blues*    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Johanna Schwartz    Screenwriter
Sarah Mosses    Lead Producer
Johanna Schwartz    Producer
Kat Amara Korba    Producer
John Schwartz    Producer
Andre Singer    Executive Producer
Stephen Hendel    Executive Producer
Victoria Steventon    Executive Producer
Andre Singer    Co-Writer and Consultant

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Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 10/23/2015 $5,156 5 5 7 $7,943 11/5/2015
International Total$7,943 11/5/2015

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