02/11 | Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in it)


Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai translates into English as “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It,” which is a poetic mouthful. For its theatrical release it’s simply titled Akounak.The combination of a self-taught Tuareg style guitarist Moctar’s live performances, the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara, Jeremy Fino’s luminous cinematography and Kirkley’s intimate and supple style of direction make Anounak one of those rare fictional films about music that has the pulse of real life and the resonance of great art. Additionally, it’s a milestone in that it’s the first fiction film shot in the Tuareg language.
A revolutionary story of one musicians struggle to make it, against all odds, in the winner takes all Tuareg guitar scene of Niger. 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. Akounak has screened at festivals around the world, and has already become a favorite in Niger.

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