Niger

Moustapha Alassane & Anna Soehring – Toula ou Le génie des eaux AKA Toula, or the Water Spirit (1974)

The gods have declared the drought of the country. There seems to be no hope. A holy man summoned by the king requires the sacrifice of a young woman to put an end to their anger. A young man in love decides to go in search of water to save the girl from a tragic end, but when he returns with good news it’s too late: the genie had his satisfaction and Toula has already disappeared in the holy swamp. Read More »

Christopher Kirkley – Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai AKA Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It (2015)

Starring guitarist Mdou Moctar, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (English: “Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it”) is a feature length fiction film, shot entirely in Agadez, Niger with a local cast and crew. Akounak tells 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, and endure the trials of love – all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers: himself. Read More »

Oumarou Ganda – Le wazzou polygame AKA The Polygamous Wazzou (1971)

A practicing Muslim takes title of al-Hajj on his return from Mecca. However, this doesn’t stop him from lusting after the young Satou, promised to Garba. Furious, Garba feels he has no choice but to leave the village for the town. Yet a more serious tragedy is afoot. Read More »