An Opera from the Indian Ocean
In the wings of the opera "Maraina" voyaging between Reunion, Madagascar and... Paris, the film combines history and oral memory to recount the story of the first settlers of the Indian Ocean islands.
Written by a Reunion-born composer, “Maraina” is the first opera to be created in the Indian Ocean region: the story of ten Malagasy and two Frenchmen who landed on this pristine island in the
mid-17th century. The film traces the cast's journey to the place where it all began - Fort-Dauphin, in southern Madagascar - where they perform for an audience that has never before seen an
This musical road movie, which explores the Europeans' discovery of the Indian Ocean, is a poetic and profoundly human experience.
format: DCP, blu-ray
year of production: 2012
available subtitles: English, French
music: Jean-Luc Trulès
photography: Cesar Paes
editing: Agnès Contensou and Marie Clémence et César Paes
sound: Frédéric Cristea and Quentin Bécognée
sound mixing: Gabriel Mathé
color grading: Nicolas Cuau
cast: Arnaud Dormeuil, Steeve Heimanu Mai, Karim Bouzra, Landy Andriamboavonjy and Aurore Ugolin
production: Laterit productions (Paris-Tana)
co-produced by: Cobra Films
with the support of: la Region Reunion, Fonds Images de la diversite, l'ACSE, le CNC and programme MEDIA de l'Union Europeenne
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Link to an interview in
English by Betti Elerson / African Women in Cinema :
For producer and filmmaker Marie-Clémence Paes, oral cultures are the basis of her films. She discusses this organising principle, which is the leitmotiv of her work, the films that she produces and directs with her husband, cinematographer and director César Paes, as well as their company Laterit Productions.