Prince goes sahel in this remake of Purple Rain in the Saharan Desert. The first feature film in the Tamashek language (which has no word for "purple," hence the title), the film tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it against all odds. With a purple robe and matching chopper, a smoking hot guitarist arrives in a music-mad Niger town and sets about wooing a local beauty, clashing with his pious father and fencing with the jealous king of the local scene until their climactic six-string shootout.

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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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The Village Voice

17 Mar 2017
8.0
An African version of Purple Rain? Of course I’ve got to watch it! It helps that Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It) turns out to be an entertaining film that is pretty unique in character, though be warn ...
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Tarstarkas.net

17 Mar 2017
8.0
An African version of Purple Rain? Of course I’ve got to watch it! It helps that Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It) turns out to be an entertaining film that is pretty unique in character, though be warn ...
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Boston Hassle

17 Mar 2017
8.0
If ever there was a potent metaphor for the obstacles inherent in achieving one’s goals of rock stardom, it’s paying homage to Prince in a language with no word for purple. The title of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, the new starring vehicle for ...
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The Guardian

17 Mar 2017
7.0
Purple Rain, Prince’s self-mythologising rock opera based loosely on his own journey to stardom, has been remade in the Saharan state of Niger – where few in the Tuareg community have ever heard of the musician, and there is no word for purple. I ...

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Release Date(s):

May 8, 2015 (New York City, New York, USA)
July 13, 2015 (Barcelona, Spain)
September 10, 2015 (A Coruña, Spain) (premiere)
February 27, 2016 (CinemAfrica Film Festival, Sweden)

Executive Producer:

Sonic Protest, Barbara I., James B. "Lawali" Lowenthal

Cinematography:

Jérôme Fino

Screenplay:

Christopher Kirkley, Jérôme Fino, Mdou Moctar

Editor:

Sara El Rhazoui, Jérôme Fino, Christopher Kirkley

Sound:

Josh Derry

Music:

Mdou Moctar

Production Company:

Sahelsounds, L'Improbable, Tenere Films

Language:

Tamashek (subtitled in English, French and Spanish)

Runtime:

75 minutes

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