Film preview: 'Mali Blues'

Jim Fischer
Columbus Alive

The Wex screens this new documentary that captures artists using their work to make a statement about freedom of expression in the face of religious and political repression. In the West African nation of Mali, a birthplace of the musical forms that were carried across the Atlantic with the slave trade and later gave birth to what we know as the blues, four musicians risk their livelihood and their lives for art as fundamentalist Islam attempts to silence secular and dance music.

Wexner Center for the Arts

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 16-17

1871 N. High St., Campus

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