Recent turmoil in Mali is adding urgency to efforts to preserve the priceless scholarship contained within the nation's ancient manuscripts. The 2012 takeover of parts of the country by insurgents led to some being destroyed. Many manuscripts were successfully hidden. Now the U.S. based Malian Manuscripts Foundation wants to help preserve them for generations to come.
Thank you to Michael Covitt of the Malian Manuscript Foundation and Sabatier Film Group for providing us with the footage from the documentary "333", which he also produced.
For more information on that: http://www.sabatierfilmgroup.com/
The music for the documentary was produced by the remarkable composer, conductor and musician David Amram. Read about him here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303825604579517772930621700?mg=reno64-wsj
Amram's music here: https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DE566F6F01A2403A
This video was broadcast by the international TV network, CCTV.
Daniel Ryntjes, Washington Correspondent