Q&A with Malian rapper Amkoullel

The annual Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu draws musicians and audiences from all over the world. Manny Ansar, co-founder and festival director, talks about the challenges producing the festival each year and its goal of sharing music and camaraderie in a multi-ethnic society. However, with separatist rebels and hardline Islamic militants taking control of Northern Mali, music was forbidden and the festival was declared over. This film chronicles the 2011 (and potentially final) edition, featuring stunning performances by Tinariwen, Khaïra Arby, Vieux Farka Touré, Tartit, and more, as well as interviews with participants who talk about their uncertain future. Presented in association with globalFEST at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Don't miss the live performance by Amkoullel on August 3!