Directed by Christopher Kirkley
With Mdou Moctar, Rhaicha Ibrahim, Fatimata Falo, Abdoulaye Souleymane
Not Rated, 75 minutes, Blu-Ray
Tamajeq with English subtitles
Director Christopher Kirkley scheduled to appear in person!
A loose adaptation of Purple Rain from Niger, the film's title, Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It, gains its clumsy (yet winsome) title from the fact Tamajaq, the language of the film, does not have a word for purple. That is just the start of the interesting intersections between Prince’s magnum opus and Berber culture. Mdou Moctar stars as this version of The Kid (Prince’s character from Purple Rain) and rides a purple motorcycle through Saharan Africa between concerts. His difficulty navigating multiple worlds that was central to Purple Rain gains multiple new notes producing a lively thrill that reinvigorates a classic to produce another memorable and fascinating rock and roll movie.
Free for Notre Dame students.
This screening is made possible by a Teaching Beyond the Classroom Grant from the College of Arts & Letters.