FAHAVALO, MADAGASCAR 1947

FRI 20 NOV 18.30


Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes
Madagascar / France 2018 | Original version with subtitles | 91 min



Q & A Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes


The so-called “Madagascar Uprising” (Insurrection malgache) against the French colonial occupation is still a central event in Madagascar’s collective memory, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence this year. After Charles de Gaulle had broken his promise to release the island state into independence in gratitude for the support of the Allies, an uprising broke out in March 1947.
The documentary FAHAVALO, MADAGASCAR 1947 traces the background with the help of archive material and eyewitness accounts. The guerilla fight of the local “Fahavalo” (“enemies of France”), who fought against the French occupiers armed only with spears and talismans, could only be put down in December 1948.

FAHAVALO, MADAGASCAR 1947 received a special mention at the JCC Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia and was awarded with the “Documentaries of the world award” at the 42nd World Film Festival in Montréal / Canada.


Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes was born and raised in Madagascar. She founded the production company Laterit together with Cesar Paes in 1988.
Her projects include Angano… angano… Tales from Madagascar (1989), Songs and Tears of Nature (1992), Saudade do Futuro (2001), Mahaleo (2005), An opera from the Indian Ocean (2012), Ady Gasy (2015) and Songs for Madagascar (2016). Fahavalo is her first work as a director.