The Last Song Before the War

The Last Song Before the War
Director: Kiley Kraskouskas

Mali, USA, Lithuania, Documentary, 2013, 81 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, V

“The Last Song Before the War“ is a feature-length documentary that captures the power, beauty, and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. Told through stunning high definition footage captured at the 2011 festival, the film is a lyrical road trip through Mali, the birthplace of the blues, to the legendary city of Timbuktu where Grammy - award winning musicians play their hearts out in the dunes of the Sahara. Shockingly, the music and the festival were silenced in 2012 when the violent occupation of Northern Mali by extremists destabilized the entire Sahel region. To date, the festival and hundreds of thousands of refugees remain in exile. “The hope is that this film and the story of the festival can be a lesson in how music and cultural exchange can, and do, sustain peace.“- Kiley Kraskouskas, director.

About the director:

American with Lithuanian origin, Kiley Kraskouskas holds a master’s degree in sociology from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the University of Denver. Kiley is the co-founder and president of Thinking Forward Media. Before launching Thinking Forward Media she worked as a producer and business developer for Virginia film company. Kiley is a sought-after instructor, speaker, and consultant whose expertise includes crowd funding, video production, and project management. K. Krasouskas created a film „The Last Song Before War“ about independence and this topic should have a special resonance in her land of origin – Lithuania.

Dir. of Photography: Jonathan Ingalls