Rain the Color of Blue With A Little Red In It (Niger: 2018)


Christopher Kirkley

Cast list

Mother - Fatimata Falo

Rhaicha - Rhaicha Ibrahim

Ahmoudou - Ahmoudou Madassane

Mdou Moctar - Mdou Moctar

Father - Abdoulaye Souleymane

Kader - Kader Tanoutanoute


Screenplay - Christopher Kirkley

Music Composed by - Mdou Moctar

Cinematography - Jerome Fino


Loosely based on the story of Prince’s Purple Rain, this film tells the story of Mdou Moctar, a revolutionary rock musician determined to connect Nigerien and Western culture. Astride his purple motorcycle, Mdou journeys through the tumultuous challenges of love, fame, and tradition. This film is translated as blue with red, rather than purple, because there is no word for purple in the language of the characters, Tamajaq. The climax occurs in a battle of the bands, as Mdou fights to win over his conservative father with his guitar skills. Mdou must also juggle a love interest in addition to his aspiring music career. In the end, Mdou proves that music can transcend cultures, if one tries hard enough.


“ ‘Purple Rain’- As Retold in a Language Without a Word for Purple.” Heard on “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio.  November 5 2018.

Goldhammer, Zach. “ ‘Purple Rain’ in the Saharan Desert.” The Atlantic. February 6 2015. 

Murray, Nick. “ ‘Purple Rain’ Falls on the Sahara in Brilliant African Adaptation.” Rolling Stone. May 8 2015. 

Nicolini, Kim. “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It.” Counterpunch. July 29 2016. 



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