Have you ever wanted to see the Purple Rain movie remade starring nomadic musicians in the Sahara Desert? Of course you have!
Kickstarter users now have the opportunity to contribute to Akounak, an in-the-works movie starring real-life guitarist Mdou Moctar. It's a feature-length fictional film—shot entirely in Agadez, Niger, with a local cast and crew—inspired by Prince's iconic Purple Rain film and the Jamaican cult crime drama, The Harder They Come. Described as "the story of a young guitarist in the North of Niger trying to make it against all odds," the movie will focus on Moctar competing with jealous musicians and dealing with family drama, much like the Purple One in his 1984 rock musical.
If fully funded, this will be the first-ever Tuareg language fictional film. The Tuareg are an ethnic and language group of traditionally nomadic people in the Sahara desert. Tuareg guitar music, also known as "desert blues," began over thirty years ago as a folk expression of political rebellion. Check out the sounds of Tinariwen and the incredible guitarist Bombino for a quick 101.
With about a month left, the project has just over a third of its $12,000 goal. Check out more details about Akounak and contribute over at its Kickstarter page.