Réalisateur : Christopher Kirkley
Scénaristes : Mdou Moctar, Christopher Kirkley et Jérôme Fino
Production : Sahel Sounds, L'improbable, Ténéré Films
Ventes Mondiales : Christopher Kirkley
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.
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 Johnson