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The Last Song Before the War is a touching tribute to the legendary Festival au Désert music festival that took place

in Northern Mali from 2001 to 2012. Masterfully interspersing footage of stunning musical performances from a variety

of North African and international artists (Tinarawen, Oumou Sangaré), panoramic shots displaying the quiet beauty of

the Sahara Desert, stirring images of legions of Tuareg nomads arriving by camel, and interviews with musicians, fans,

and the event’s founder, the documentary captures both the joy and the mounting tension of the festival‘s final year

before it was forced into exile when Islamic militants seized control of the region in 2012.