AFRICA IN MOTION with Paul Mills’ Mind Excursion

14 May

Africa in Motion presents: They Will Have To Kill Us First, in partnership with Glasgow's Restless Natives Festival



They Will Have To Kill Us First / Johanna Schwartz / Mali/UK 2015 / 1h40m / French, Songhay, Bambara, Tamashek, English with English subtitles / Documentary

Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremist groups seized control. They Will Have To Kill Us First is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. It shows how rather than laying down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back!

The screening will be followed by drinks, snacks and a virtual concert showcasing Malian music in exile.

Pay What You Can proceeds donated to the Glasgow Women's Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers.

TIME: 7:30pm




Ok folks. Basically... Restless Natives is a cross-platform multi-venue cultural festival championing independent purveyors of music, film, food, drink, business and numerous other fields within Scotland.

It entails seven solid days of high quality cultural events incorporating everything from low-brow comedy to high-brow debates, slapstick short-films to stark documentaries and cerebral jazz to caustic punk rock.

RN prides itself on its strong ethical compass in the hope that this will ensure proper representation for the thriving independent arts and business communities, whilst also bringing to the city some of the world's most respected musicians, film-makers, entrepreneurs and celebrated orators to stand alongside our own native talent. In the process, it will also seek to reinvigorate the cultural reputation and commercial prospects of The Barra's and Calton areas of Glasgow's East End.

All events will be individually priced as affordably as possible to ensure accessibility for people from all economic backgrounds. We will also be donating a portion of gate receipts towards specially nominated East End charities to try and make some lasting difference to the community that has welcomed us, rather than just trashing their house and leaving like some jerk crashing a party.

In a nutshell, Restless Natives is looking to unite many different groups, creative industries, ethnicities, ages and socio-political perspectives under one broadly inclusive and progressive umbrella, proving to everyone who thinks otherwise that independent business and art can still thrive in an increasingly globalised world economy and that Scotland, with it's celebrated reputation in these fields, is the perfect place to lead the way.

And before you ask, we took inspiration for the title from the truly excellent 1985 Scottish movie of the same name, written by Ninian Dunnett, which beautifully depicts the dignity and spirit of the underdog that flows through every DIY band, independent brewer, small venue and auteur film-maker. If you haven't seen it, you really should.

Okay. That's yer lot. Thanks for reading.