Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak tedalat taha tazoughai) | Christopher Kirkley | United States, Niger, 2015

Film - Feature | March 9 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A wandering guitarist strums down his rivals—and the scorn of his own father—in this riveting musical/ethnography/narrative hybrid, which sets a sly tribute to Prince’s Purple Rain amidst the Tuareg music scene of Saharan Niger. Astride a purple motorcycle, a mysterious purple-clad guitarist (Mdou Moctar, a well-known musician) rides into the desert town of Agadaz looking for fame, love, and respect. Anchoring the loosely flowing narrative with some truly mesmerizing musical performances, director Kirkley (who founded the Sahel Sounds record label and collaborated with Mdou on the script) showcases an electrified, electrifying Saharan cultural scene.

Jason Sanders

 Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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