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Win Tickets To See The Tuareg 'Purple Rain' Remake 'Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai' At The New York African Film Festival

Enter here to win a pair of tickets to see the Tuareg remake of Prince's 'Purple Rain' at the New York African Film Festival.

Mdou Moctar in Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai
The 23rd edition of the New York African Film Festival gets underway this week. Presented under the theme “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking” (a nod to the 50th anniversary of the “Father of African Cinema” Ousmane Sembène’s first feature, Black Girl), this year’s festival includes 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from a total of 26 countries. As in previous years, the festival begins with a week of screenings and events at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 1 + May 4-10) before continuing throughout the month of May at Maysles Cinema in Harlem (May 13-15) and over Memorial Day Weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of BAM’s DanceAfrica festival (May 26-30).

Okayafrica is teaming up with the NYAFF to offer up a pair of tickets to see Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (“Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It”) on Saturday, May 7th, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Akounak, if you recall, is Sahel Sounds founder and filmmaker Christopher Kirkley’s remake of Prince’s Purple Rain starring Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar. The project marks the first time a full-length film has been shot entirely in the Tuareg language.


In an interview with Okayafrica, Kirkley shared that he wanted to celebrate and showcase the Tuareg guitar scene through a fictional lens. “You can’t talk about fictional musical films without talking about Purple Rain,” the Akounak director said. “It’s such a landmark film that set the tone for everything—from other musician-based films to music video as an art form. It began, as most ideas, as sort of a joke, but also as an imagining of ‘what would Purple Rain look like retold in the Sahara?’ After years of talking about, I realized the only way to find out was to make it.”

Enter your information in the form below or head to the link here for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm EST screening of Akounak at the NYAFF at Lincoln Center. Winner will be notified by email.

For tickets and more information on the 2016 New York African Film Festival head here. See below for a full schedule of events.

The following schedule of the 2016 NYAFF is divided into the three main venues of this year’s NYAFF:

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THE AMPHITHEATER AT FILM SOCIETY OF

LINCOLN CENTER

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SUN MAY 1

2:00* DIGITAL DIASPORA FAMILY REUNION ROADSHOW

+ ART & ACTIVISM: PERSONAL JOURNEYS

A special town hall event for the 2016 New York African Film Festival

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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

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WED MAY 4

7:00* Tanna

THU MAY 5

6:00* The Cursed Ones

8:30* Cuckold

FRI MAY 6

2:00 While You Weren’t Looking

4:15 La Belle at the Movies + Twaaga

6:30* Price of Love

9:00* Pastor Paul + Hex

SAT MAY 7

1:30* Martha & Niki

4:00* Quartier Lointains – Shorts Program #1

6:30* Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

8:45* ’76

SUN MAY 8

1:30* Intore + Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards

4:15* Queen Nanny + Yemanja

7:15* In the Eye of the Spiral + About a Mother

9:15 While You Weren’t Looking

MON MAY 9

2:00 Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

3:45 Tanna

6:00* Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree + The Dance of King David

8:30* La Belle at the Movies + Twaaga

TUE MAY 10

1:30 The Cursed Ones

3:45* Cuckold

6:00† Negritude: A Dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor

7:45* Africa in New York – Shorts Program #2

9:30 Price of Love

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MAYSLES CINEMA

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FRI MAY 13

7:00* Too Black to be French?

SAT MAY 14

2:00* Oya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa! + Finah Misa Kule

4:00* Child of the Revolution

6:00* Mixtress X

7:45 Faaji Agba

SUN MAY 15

2:00* Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs

6:00 The Other Side of the Atlantic

8:00 Tchindas

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BAMCINÉMATEK

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THU MAY 26

7:30 Lamb

FRI MAY 27

2:00 Lamb

4:30, 9:15 Red Leaves + Cholo

7:00 *Afripedia

SAT MAY 28

2:00, 7:00 Sembene!

4:30, 9:30 The Longest Kiss + The Prophecy

SUN MAY 29

2:00 Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

4:00, 6:00, 8:00 Under the Starry Sky

MON MAY 30

2:00, 6:30 TGV

4:00, 8:30 Head Gone

*Director will be in attendance

† Special Introduction or Q&A

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