AXIS OF AFRO: AFRICAN SCREEN CONTEST – A VISIT TO ALI FARKA TOURE – Weds 20th June

June’s African Screen Contest heads inland to Mali with a superb documentary on the one of the godfathers and advocates of Malian music – and thus almost by default global blues –  Ali Farka Touré. Shadowing his daily life both as an acclaimed and inspiring guitarist and as a farmer and campaigner for local communities in his native Niafunké on the Niger river this documentary provides many insights into the densely-woven tapestry of Malian music and the everyday challenges its citizens face as well as (re)acquainting you with the hauntingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted music of one of the world’s great musicians. And as if that wasn’t enough DJ Africathy and guests will be on the decks as always.Filmdir. Marc Huraux2005 95 mins. French w. English subtitlesA VISIT TO ALI FARKA TOUREWinner of a Grammy Award for the album Talking Timbuktu on which he played with Ry Cooder and other American luminaries the legendary African singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré in the last decade of his life declined most offers of international tours and recording sessions. Feeling that it was weakening the link between his music and its source in deep Mali Ali instead invested much of his time energy and resources towards improving conditions in his homeland whilst never diminishing his passion for music.This film visits the charismatic Ali in Niafunké a village on the banks of the River Niger where we see him going about his daily business checking crops and water pumps and fulfilling his role and responsibilities as an important local figure. Music is an integral part of this encounter and live recordings include Mali Dje Gomni Chanson sur Niafunké Keito and Tulumba. Deep mysterious and utterly compelling his playing lights up this striking documentary.”A rare and potent film that has everything. The story of Africa’s most important guitarist is a gripping one. A winning combination of great narrative fabulous scenery and memorable music. A model of how a music documentary should be made. Thoroughly recommended.” –Songlines MagazineDoors 7.30. Film 8.00. £6 / £5 Concs / £4 Members http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Axis_Of_Afro_African_Screen_Contest_A_Visit_To_Ali_Farka_Toure/