The universal story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds,”
set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The
protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce
competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, endure
the trials of love, and overcome his biggest rival - himself.
Stylistically borrowing from the Western rock-u-drama and a homage to
Prince’s 1984 “Purple Rain,” the story was written with and for a Tuareg
audience, drawing from experiences of Mdou Moctar and fellow musicians.
Carried by stunning musical performances from Mdou, the film is equally
a window into modern day Tuareg guitar in the city of Agadez as it is
an experiment in modern ethnographic filmmaking and new techniques of
cross cultural collaboration.