Morning Star (Aza Kivy)

  • Etoile du matin (Aza Kivy)
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Feature
Running time : 78 (in minutes)

"They want to dig us up, they want to rob you, starve you, thirsty you, poison you… be brave, we are fighting by your side! ". It is in these terms that the Ancestors of the People of the Sea could address Edmond and all those who refuse the installation of a mining exploitation in this region of South-West Madagascar.

Andaboy is a sacred beach in southwestern Madagascar. The ancestors say the beach should be left untouched, as a shamanic musician sings in trance. The local fishermen are therefore deeply concerned when Australian company Base Toliara proposes building a harbor there, displacing 8,000 residents. The fishermen were already troubled by the Chinese trawlers that are decimating fish stocks, and now they fear an even greater invasion.

The local people inland also depend on fishing: they make canoes for the fishermen. And they in turn are fighting a large-scale mining project by Base Toliara. In Morning Star a number of activists clearly and passionately express their objections to the sale of their land to foreign companies. At the same time, director Nantenaina Lova paints an engaging, observational portrait of the villagers' music culture and daily life. To keep up their courage, fisherman Edmond has named his canoe "Aza kivy": Let's not give up.

A film by NANTENAINA Lova

Madagascar, 2020, Documentary - 1h 18m

Language: Malagasy
Country: Madagascar
Original Title (Malagasy): "Aza kivy"
English Title: "Morning Star"
French Title: "Etoile du matin"

Eva Lova-Bély (for Endemika Films)

Nantenaina Lova

Nantenaina Lova, Eva Lova-Bely

Nantenaina Lova

Nantenaina Lova

Nantenaina Lova, Bonhomme Elysée Randriamalala

Sound Design
Julien Verstraete

Tarika Remanindry, Samba & Nindry, Jao Piarakandro, Mandalina

Screening copy
Endemika Films

2021 : Selected for the Carthage Film Festival from 30 october to 06 November

2021 / 42nd DIFF - Durban International Film festival - DURBAN, South Africa - From 22 July-1 August 2021.
* Selection

2020 / IDFA
Selected: Competition for Feature-Length Documentary 2020


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