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Help us tell the remarkable story of Amadou & Mariam, the blind couple from Mali whose love and music is changing the world. Read more

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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 2, 2013.

Help us tell the remarkable story of Amadou & Mariam, the blind couple from Mali whose love and music is changing the world.

About this project

The story of Amadou and Mariam is one of love, music, and perseverance. Originally promoted as "The Blind Couple from Mali," Amadou and Mariam began making musical history together shortly after their marriage in 1980. They have opened for superstars such as U2 and Coldplay, and have collaborated with artists such as Manu Chao, TV on the Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Jack Shears of the Scissor Sisters and many more.

But these two are not only Grammy-nominated musicians, they are also humanitarians. They understand the bitter taste of misfortune and seek to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. In addition to their close work with the Save The Children and End Water Poverty, Amadou and Mariam have been ambassadors for Sightsavers since 2006, a charity with the mission to eliminate preventable blindness and to gain equality for people with disabilities.

Theirs is a story of love, music, perseverance and fate; help us share their amazing tale with the world. Due to Amadou and Mariam's schedule we need to begin filming in Mali by August 2013; pledge your support today.

Risks and challenges

There is much political and social unrest in Mali; musicians there are banned from performing, and could be killed for doing so if caught. Read these stories for more information:

http://entertainment.time.com/2013/02/06/the-music-of-mali-9-musicians-and-bands-to-check-out-now/

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/musicians-of-mali-fight-for-nations-soul-8458723.html

In order to create the best, most accurate film we can, we will be going to Mali to film portions of the documentary. With Amadou & Mariam escorting us, we don't anticipate problems, but anything can happen. We understand the risks of filming in such a hostile environment and hope you do as well.

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    Thank you page: As a way to thank you for your donation, we will add your name to the film's official website ‘Thank You’ Page.

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    The above shout-out, a postcard portrait of Amadou & Mariam, production updates throughout the process plus a HQ digital download of the film upon completion.

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    All of the above, plus a DVD of the film upon its release.

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    All of the above, plus exclusive behind the scenes photos from the film and a copy of Amadou & Miriam's new album, Folila.

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    All of the above, plus an autographed Amadou & Mariam tour t-shirt and the film's promotional poster.

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    All of the above, plus a personal audio thank you message from the filmmakers and Amadou & Mariam sent via email, and a previously unreleased A&M track.

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    All of the above personally autographed by Amadou & Mariam, plus a thank you credit in the film

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    All of the above, plus two tickets to an Amadou & Mariam concert with a meet & greet backstage.* Plus your photo in the DVD extras as a special thank you to those who made this happen.

    *Transportation and lodging not included

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    All of the above, plus an associate producer credit on the film.

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    All of the above, and an interview of you which will be included in the feature length documentary DVD extras, plus two film festival passes for any one festival the film will screen at (transportation
    and accommodation not included), and spending time with the directors if you select a festival they
    personally attend.

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    All of the above, plus an all-expenses paid trip to Europe to see Amadou & Mariam perform live, including airfare anywhere within the continental US, a ticket to the show, and two nights at a luxury hotel.

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Funding period

- (31 days)