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Akounak: Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

CHRISTOPHER KIRKLEY
Niger, 2015
75 minutes, Color

The title of director Christopher Kirkley's musical drama is a sly reference to Purple Rain, and indeed star Mdou Moctar does his best to channel the enigmatic Prince. Moctar arrives in town on a purple motorcycle, and his only luggage is an electric guitar. Like another famous musician, Jimi Hendrix, Moctar plays guitar left-handed, which means that when his disapproving father burns his instrument, he can't just pick up any other six-string. But Moctar coaxes sounds out of his Stratocaster that its inventor Leo Fender probably never imagined. While romancing local fangirl Rhaicha (Rhaicha Ibrahim), Moctar runs afoul of rival musician Kader (Kader Tanoutanoute). In a city where reputations are made by how fast songs travel via cellphone, a battle of the bands is organized to prove who the real rock star is. Akounak's many musical interludes will keep toes tapping long after the film is over.—Dave Nuttycombe

In Tanmashek with English subtitles

RHYTHMS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN

Akounak: Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

CHRISTOPHER KIRKLEY
Niger, 2015
75 minutes, Color

The title of director Christopher Kirkley's musical drama is a sly reference to Purple Rain, and indeed star Mdou Moctar does his best to channel the enigmatic Prince. Moctar arrives in town on a purple motorcycle, and his only luggage is an electric guitar. Like another famous musician, Jimi Hendrix, Moctar plays guitar left-handed, which means that when his disapproving father burns his instrument, he can't just pick up any other six-string. But Moctar coaxes sounds out of his Stratocaster that its inventor Leo Fender probably never imagined. While romancing local fangirl Rhaicha (Rhaicha Ibrahim), Moctar runs afoul of rival musician Kader (Kader Tanoutanoute). In a city where reputations are made by how fast songs travel via cellphone, a battle of the bands is organized to prove who the real rock star is. Akounak's many musical interludes will keep toes tapping long after the film is over.--Dave Nuttycombe

In Tanmashek with English subtitles


Tuesday, April 19
6:30 PM
$13.00
Saturday, April 23
9:15 PM
$13.00

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