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The Prince of Agadez

Continue reading ‘Beside the fact that “Purple Rain” is stylistically amazing, it’s also a very universal story. It’s Joseph Campbell’s hero as guitar player. The idea of a remake was really this challenge – would the universal story really be universal, could it be translated into another culture, and as such, by following this path, […]

Writer

John Burns

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Jerome Fino

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‘I think it would be safe to say that no one had ever seen “Purple Rain,”’ says director Christopher Kirkley of the cast of his new film, ‘Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai’.

The desert setting of Agadez may not seem to have much in common with the 1984 cult classic ‘Purple Rain’, the film debut and seminal rock-u-drama of musician Prince. The dusty grid of alleyways that crisscross the city’s mudbrick low-rises appears at odds with the smoke-screened, slick city streets of Prince’s downtown Minneapolis.

Kirkley disagrees. Distortedly translated from Tamasheq as ‘Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It’, the director’s Tuareg remake sees Prince’s ‘against all odds’ plot transplanted to a modern day Agadez.

Sensational projects that lend themselves to brief soundbites are more likely to flow in a culture of 140 characters

This article appears in the issue45 Buy Now