TWO documentaries about Malian musicians will kickstart Gibraltar’s first ever BrightMed Film Festival.

They Will Have To Kill Us First is the tale of two musicians enduring life in Mali after Islamic jihadists ban music.

The film, shot partly in refugee camps, was described as ‘miraculously hopeful’ by the New York Times.

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Mali Blues follows revered musicians Fatoumata Diawara and Bassekou Kouyate as they fight to express themselves when their musical culture is threatened by Jihadis.

The films’ directors will be travelling to Gibraltar for the festival screenings, which are free to attend at the Leisure Cinema.

One musician featured will play concerts in Commonwealth Park on June 7 and St. Michael’s Cave on June 8.

A Q&A session will take place after the screening of each documentary.

The festival is part of the Gibraltar World Music Festival’s GWMF2017 Uprising.