Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai • Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It

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Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai • Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It


Sunday Feb 14 07:30 PM
Tuesday Feb 23 01:00 PM
Wednesday Mar 02 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2016

Directed by Christopher Kirkley. USA/Niger. 2015. 75 min. Tuareg with English subtitles.

Deep in the Saharan desert, in the raucous city of Agadez, Niger, the electric guitar reigns supreme and rock musicians will do anything to survive. Starring real life guitarist Mdou Moctar, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai is the first feature film shot in the Tuareg language. It is also a remake of Prince’s 1984 cult classic Purple Rain, an especially impressive feat given that the Tuareg language has no word for the color purple (hence the film’s descriptive title). At its heart, Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it against all odds. Mdou must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, and endure the trials of love, all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers—himself. Musicologist/director Christopher Kirkley, who first heard the music of Moctar on cellphones in the Sahara and Sahel, and started collaborating with the musician shortly thereafter, describes the film as “a revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones—and the music of a new generation.”

See the trailer.

Read an interview with director Christopher Kirkley on NPR.

Read the Rolling Stone review.

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