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Fahavalo, Madagascar 1947 with director Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes

French-Malagasy filmmaker Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes will present in person in Chicago and Milwaukee her latest documentary Fahavalo, Madagascar 1947 .

Fahavalo, Madagascar 1947

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.

Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes

Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes is both Malagasy and French. She has a master degree in Sociology and a Marketing CELSA-Sorbonne Diploma . In 1988, she launched Laterit Productions, an independent production company based in Paris, also committed in distribution and publishing. With her husband, the Brazilian DOP and director Cesar Paes, she wrote and produced documentaries such as "Angano...Angano... Tales from Madagascar", "Songs and Tears of Nature", and "Awara Soup" that have won top awards at Cinema du Réel, Festival dei Popoli or Leipzig Film Festival. Previous films "Saudade do Futuro", "Mahaleo", "An Opera from the Indian Ocean" and "Songs for Madagascar" have been theatrically released in France and in the USA, and some of them have been screened by Arte, WDR, WNYC, Canal+, and Taiwanese public TV. "FAHAVALO, Madagascar 1947" is her first film as director.