Interweaving archives and oral testimonies, the film questions how and why the Malagasies rebelled in 1947 against French colonial authorities.
After World War II, 9.800 Malagasy soldiers travelled back to their island, Madagascar, on the liner named Ile-de-France. Upon reaching their homeland, they had no choice but to return to their "indigenous" status.
As independence of Madagascar was absolutely not on the French agenda, they became the leaders of a rebellion, harshly repressed by the Colonial authorities. The army staff claimed 89.000 deaths at the time. The police reports often mention that the insurgents - only armed with spears, machetes and talismans - resisted for more than 18 months in the bush.
Through written and oral testimonies, the film will explore the insurrection of 1947 in Madagascar, from a Malagasy point of view and will do so with the support of traditionnal divination tools.
A film by Marie-Clémence Andriamonta Paes
Madagascar / Cap Vert / Belgium / France, 2018, Documentary, 90'
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