Berlin Bamako Allstars

Director: Markus Schmidt


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  • event type:WOMEX 20 Film Library
  • date:15 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • time:12:00 - 00:00
  • venue:Online
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


An exclusive preview of the film was available to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for all WOMEX 20 Digital Participants.

Directed by Markus Schmidt
90 mins | Germany, 2020 | French, English, German, Bambara with English subtitles

The Omniversal Earkestra, an underground big band, travels to Mali to meet and play with the stars of the almost forgotten Mali 70 era. They journey through the country from Bamako to Mopti and meet musicians such as Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Sory Bamba and the Mystere Jazz de Tombouctou. Together they overcome cultural, musical and beat misunderstandings and record an album at Salif Keita's Moffou studio in Bamako.

Markus Schmidt started his film-career on old school 35mm film. He studied film editing at the East German Film School HFF right after the fall of the Berlin wall. As an editor, he has worked on documentaries such as Merry Me , The Cleaners and Mali Blues amongst others. Plus he has directed award-winning films, including feature-length documentaries like The Last Catch and Sleeping Monsters.

Produced by Film Five,
Director of Photography Martin Langner
Sound Tobias Adam
Editor Markus Schmidt, Sebastian Winkels
Artists Involved The Omniversal Earkestra,Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Abdoulaye Diabaté, Sory Bamba, Elhaj Mahalmadane, Boucar Alhamdillulah, Jimmy Soubeiga
Music by Rail Band, Kanaga de Mopti, Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou, Kéné Stars de Sikasso, Super Bitons de Segou
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