I'll Sing for You

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During the 1950s and '60s, Boubacar "KarKar" Traoré is at the center of the Malian music scene, until the government cracks down and Mali's economy suffers due to new government policies. Eventually, KarKar emigrates to France, where he struggles to make a living as a singer. His life changes when a music producer finds one of his old recordings. The documentary follows his journey of redemption to Mali, where he pairs up with other renowned musicians, such as Ali Farka Touré.

Cast & Crew

Jaques Sarasin
Director
Stephan Oriach
Cinematographer
Philippe Lecocq
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Bernard Josse
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Jean-Guy Véran
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Critic Reviews for I'll Sing for You

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  • Features not one word of comment from its subject, but it does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.

    July 6, 2004
  • Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.

    June 4, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Jacques Sarasin's documentary blends the history of post-colonial Mali with the life of one of its most popular musicians, the guitarist and singer Boubacar KarKar Traor.

    June 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.

    June 3, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Gene Seymour

    Newsday
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  • One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.

    June 2, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The reverent pacing lags a bit, but the film's meditation on the struggle to find spirituality that reconciles Islam with tribal belief systems is powerful in its understatement.

    June 1, 2004 | Full Review…

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