A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones, and the music of a new generation.
Prince goes Sahel in this remake of Purple Rain in the Saharan Desert. The first feature film in the Tamashek language (which has no word for "purple," hence the title), the film tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it against all odds. With a purple robe and matching chopper, a smoking hot guitarist arrives in a music-mad Niger town and sets about wooing a local beauty, clashing with his pious father and fencing with the jealous king of the local scene until their climactic six-string shootout.
A film by Christopher Kirkley
with/ Jerome Fino, Mdou Moctar
USA / Niger, 2015, Fiction, 1h 15min | Drama, Musical, Romance / BluRay / Colour / In Tamashek, with English/French/Spanish/Turkish subtitles.
Stars: Mdou Moctar, Rhaicha Ibrahim, Fatimata Falo, Ahmoudou Madassane, Abdoulaye Souleymane, Kader Tanoutanoute
Akounak is the first feature fiction film in the Tamashek language. The title translates to "Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in it," a literal translation of Purple Rain (the Tuareg language has no word for Purple) - a nod to its unlikely orgins and the difficulties of translating ideas across cultures.
TRAILER: Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.
Executive Producers: Sonic Protest, James B. Lowenthal, Barbara L.
Directed by Christopher Kirkley
in collaboration with Jerome Fino, Mdou Moctar
Written by Mdou Moctar, Christopher Kirkley, and Jerome Fino
Director of Photography; Jerome Fino
Editors: Sara El Rhazoui, Jérôme Fino, Christopher Kirkley
Music: Mdou Moctar
Colorist: Delphine Ménoret
Transportation: Abdoulaye Souleymane
First Camera: Jerome Fino
Second Camera: Christopher Kirkley
Script: Sara El Rhazoui
Lighting: Moustapha Ali Sage
Sound Recording: Sara El Rhazoui
Transport: Abdoulaye Souleymane
Production Assistant: Mohamed Chehou "Badi" and Al Gabid Hamaya
Translation: Ikali Adam, Ibrahim Ag Mouhamadine
Tifinagh Transcription: Hamza Fofo Tifinagh
Color: Delphine Menoret
Sound Design: Christopher Kirkley
Sound Mixing: Josh Derry
Recording Engineer: Sylvain Quatreville
Song Mixing: Jesse Munro JohnsonCredited cast:
Mdou Moctar... Mdou Moctar
Rhaicha Ibrahim... Rhaicha
Fatimata Falo... Mother
Ahmoudou Madassane... Ahmoudou
Abdoulaye Souleymane... Father
Kader Tanoutanoute... Kader
Production: Sahel Sounds, L'improbable, Ténéré Films
Supported by 536 backers on Kickstarter
World Sales: Christopher KirkleyContact
Christopher Kirkley - SAHELSOUNDS, Portland - sahelsounds(@)gmail.com
Jerome Fino - L'improbable, Marseille - jer.jrm(@)gmail.comRelease Dates
USA 8 May 2015 (New York City, New York)
Spain 13 July 2015 (Barcelona)
Spain 10 September 2015 (A Coruña) (premiere)
Sweden 27 February 2016 (CinemAfrica Film Festival)