Purple Rain-inspired African film seeks funding


Have you ever wondered what Prince's Purple Rain would look and sound like filtered through an African lens and the Tuareg-language? Well, you now have the chance to fund that distinctive film through Kickstarter, as the first Tuareg-language fiction film, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (humorously translated as Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red In It), is seeking contributions to help their artistic cause.

According to Akounak's Kickstarter page, the film explores: "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."

For those who love Prince and Purple Rain, that story certainly sounds like a familiar one, just set against the backdrop of the Sahara desert and not First Avenue. Akounak will be directed by American filmmaker and musician Christopher Kirkley, but it is geared specifically for a Tuareg audience.

"Akounak is not a documentary, but a stylized fictional tale with a story developed by Tuareg youth, written and produced for a Tuareg audience. Stylistically based on the model of Western rock-u-drama, the story has been written from the common experiences faced by Mdou and fellow musicians. The goal is to create a compelling story that is relevant and watchable by the Tuareg community. Most importantly, Akounak will be the first fiction film ever shot in the Tuareg language. Subtitles will be available in English and French."

The film serves as an homage to both Purple Rain and Jimmy Cliff's reggae crime classic, The Harder They Come. Contributions made to the cause will be rewarded with various levels of rewards -- music downloads, the soundtrack and DVD of the film, vinyl packages, and credits in the film ranging all the way up to Executive Producer credits.

To find out more about the Akounak project, the artists involved in the film, and their story, check out their Kickstarter page, and be sure to make a contribution if you want to see this unique film become a reality.