Christopher Kirkley - SAHELSOUNDS, Portland - sahelsounds(@)gmail.com
Jerome Fino - L'improbable, Marseille - jer.jrm(@)gmail.com
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.
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.