Opens Jul 19, 2019
JULY 19-20 only!
Ragtag partners with the Columbia Experimental Music Festival to present this contemporary homage to Purple Rain. Set among the sub-Saharan Tuareg people, and reputedly the first feature film in their Tamashek language (which has no word for "purple," hence the title). Resplendent in a purple robe and matching chopper, smoking hot guitarist Mdou Moctar 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 (Kader Tanoutanoute, as wily and dapper as Morris Day) until their climactic six-string shootout.
"By all means, entice your friends by saying, 'It's a low-budget African Purple Rain -- doesn't that sound crazy?' Then groove with them for 75 minutes and watch them buy every Moctar and Sahel Sounds record they can." (Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice)