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Published on Oct 29, 2015
CINEMA TODAY Director: Christopher Kirkley Producer: Sahel Sounds, L’Improbable and Tenere Films Screenwriter: Christopher Kirkley
Synopsis: Real life guitarist Mdou Moctar and non-actors from the city of Agadez star in this delightful film that cheekily takes its inspiration from Prince’s Purple Rain.
Casting a familiar tale – the pursuit of musicianship against all odds, the film follows Mdou who, armed with guitar and motorbike, navigates through parental objections, rival musicians and infatuation as he prepares for a music competition.
The film’s breezy and simple introduction to the nomadic culture, musical practices and desert landscape of the region harbours a universal story that is endearing in its simplicity and playful stylistics. Surprisingly the word “purple” does not exist in the Tuareg language, and director Christopher Kirkley addresses this by endowing the film with a theatrical excess of purple –a sight to behold in its neon forms set amidst smoky stage settings and the orange tinge of the desert landscape and architecture.