Fahavalo, Madagascar 1947
2018, Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes, France, 90 min.
- Fri, Feb 21st 7:45pm
The little-known story of a post WWII insurrection by the indigenous population of Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of east Africa, becomes a multi-faceted walk through history in this film that is both ethnographic documentary and chronicle of a revolution. A French colony in 1947, the island had been promised independence by Charles de Gaulle, a reward for providing wartime manpower and assistance to the Allies. A failure to follow through touched off political chaos and a resulting brutal crackdown that pitched the sophisticated forces of France against Malagasy guerillas fighting with spears, machetes, and magic spells. Director Andriamonta-Paes captures the spirit of the times, then and now, with first-person testimonies, archival film and photographs, and an evocative use of music. In Malagasy with English subtitles. Co-sponsored with French Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France, Chicago. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by John Ireland, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago