Angelique  - Music Will Empower Us

Angelique is a survivor. Born in Mali, she runs away from a father who wants her to submit to FGM, escapes to Paris from Islamic extremists who threatened to kill her for singing in public, and is harrassed by a jealous nightclub owner. She is desperate to earn money to support herself and her 7 year old daughter.

 

At her lowest point, she meets a charismatic world music producer who is impressed with her music. He offers her a recording contract and inspires her to compose and sing her own songs. At last a soul mate - or is he?  

 

Memories of his childhood in the Algerian War of Independence, where his mother was killed in a cafe bombing, come back to haunt him.  Sober, he is a genius. Drunk or drugged, he is a disaster.

 

Angelique prepares to weather yet another storm:

 

I’m no Diva with attitude.  No customized jet and hangers-on for me. I’m a wandering musician, singing from my heart to those who appreciate my work. I want to live my life - tell my own story - change things for myself and for other women. Music is the spirit of Mali. Music will empower us.

 

 

An atmospheric North African music track backs the fast-paced action in the heat of the Malian desert and the chaos of the Parisian streets filled with the glittering arc of petrol bombs as immigrants, protesting about unemployment and squalid tower blocks, clash with Gendarmerie.

 

 

 

 

An extract from the script was workshopped at BAFTA and shortlisted for a Sundance Screenwriting Fellowship.

 

With a 7 year old daughter to support, she was desperate for work.

 

Finally, she meets a charismatic world music producer who offers her a recording contract and inspires her to compose and sing her own songs. At last a soul mate - or is he?  Memories of his childhood in the Algerian War of Independence, where his mother was killed in a cafe bombing, come back to haunt him.  Sober, he is a genius. Drunk or drugged, he is a disaster.  Angelique prepares to weather yet another storm.

 

‘I’m no Diva with attitude.  No customized jet and hangers-on for me. I’m a wandering musician, singing from my heart to those who appreciate my work. I want to live my own life - tell my own story - change things for myself and for other women. Music is the spirit of Mali. Music will empower us.’

 

The story plays out in the heat of the Malian desert and the chaos of the Parisian streets filled with the glittering arc of petrol bombs as immigrants, protesting about poor housing and unemployment, clash with Gendarmerie. A vibrant North African music track will give atmospheric light and shade to the action.  

 

 

 

 

 

An extract from the script was workshopped at BAFTA and shortlisted for a Sundance Screenwriting Fellowship.

 

Angelique is a survivor. Born in Mali, she escaped from a father who wanted her to undergo FMG, from Islamic extremists who threatened to kill her for daring to sing in public, and from a jealous nightclub owner in Paris. With a 7 year old daughter, she needs to keep working.

 

Finally, she meets a charismatic world music producer who offers her a recording contract and

inspires her to compose and sing her own songs. Here is her soul mate, or is he?  Memories of his childhood during the Algerian War of Independence in which his mother was killed in a cafe bombing come back to haunt him.  Sober, he is a genius. Drunk or drugged, he is a disaster.  Angelique weathers yet another storm.

 

‘I’m no Diva with attitude.  No customized jet and hangers-on for me. I’m a wandering musician, singing from my heart to those who appreciate my work. I want to live my own life - tell my own story - change things for myself and for other women. Music is the spirit of Mali. Music will empower us.’

 

The story plays out in the desert heat of Mali and the chaos of the Parisian streets filled with the glittering arc of petrol bombs as immigrants battle Gendarmerie in protest against the lack of jobs and decent housing. A vibrant North African music track will give atmospheric light and shade to the action.  

 

An extract from the script was workshopped at BAFTA and shortlisted for a Sundance Screenwriting Fellowship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAGO

I've been thinking, why don't you stay in the spare flat in the studio?

 

ANGELIQUE

It's great working with you ...but I need to make a living out of my singing.

 

JAGO

How is taking the flat going to jeopardise that?

 

ANGELIQUE

Listen, we have a great working relationship, and we’re friends.

 

JAGO

Friends?

 

ANGELIQUE

People who like and help each other. It is possible between men and women.

 

JAGO

No sex?

 

She shakes her head.

 

ANGELIQUE

We can still hang out together.

 

JAGO

Sure we can.