For centuries, traditional music has unified Mali’s society. Yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced sharia law, prohibited dance and secular music and destroyed instruments. MALI BLUES tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence, and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country.
Lutz Gregor has been working as a freelance filmmaker since 1983. In his work he is particularly interested in the link between society, music and dance and combines documentary and artistic techniques. Thus he has created numerous films ranging from international documentaries about people and social, cultural or historical issues to dance films. He teaches at media, dance and art schools, especially ‘Physical Cinema Workshops’. KÖNIGSKINDER (2001, funded by Filmbüro NRW) was shown at the 2002 Max Ophüls Festival, among other venues, and won an award at the 2003 Festival International du Film Indépendant in Brussels for its ‘new cinematographic language’. ‘Frankfurt Dance Cuts’ (ARTE 2004), four short films with dancers from William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt was screened in October 2005 as the German entry for the Temps d'Images’ festival in the Villa Medici in Rome.