RAIN THE COLOUR OF BLUE WITH A LITTLE RED IN IT
Starring guitarist Mdou Moctar, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (English: "Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it") is a feature length fiction film, shot entirely in Agadez, Niger. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it "against all odds," set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, 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.
Both a homage to Purple Rain and The Harder They Come, Akounak is based on the universal hero, the struggle of a musician to overcome a series of conflicts While there are a plethora of films concerning the Tuareg guitar, all are documentaries. Akounak is the first fiction film to explore the scene in this format, in a musical film that has already caught the attention of the public in Niger. Akounak is the first fiction film ever shot in the Tuareg language.
This sees a special London screening of this unique film, and will feature a skype Q&A with Director Christopher Kirkley, and DJ sets before and after the film.
Tickets for this screening are available here.
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