Film: Sahel Calling
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
Tuesday, April 1
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Busch Student Center 351
Sponsored By: College of Arts & Sciences, Film Studies Program, Department of English, Center for Intercultural Studies, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Center for International Studies at Saint Louis University, Seventh Annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professorship in African/African American Studies of the International Studies, Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Sahel Calling embodies the motivational and reconciliatory power of music to confront a radical political agenda and its consequences on peace and survival in West Africa. Using violence to control the population, the radicals also banned music, synonymous with life for many. Based around events in 2012 and 2013 in Mali, the fears and hopes of a terrorized and splintered population are expressed by musicians, the voice of the voiceless. Interviewed at ceremonies, refugee camps and concerts, the musicians demonstrate music's ability to raise global awareness about Mali, its culture and its challenges. The musicians also carry a local message: sing to bear witness, to forgive and to reconcile. A low budget independent film, Sahel Calling was released for free as a dedication to Malian people.