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Where Zebus Speak French

Where Zebus Speak French

Sitabaomba
Nantenaina Lova
France, Madagascar, Germany, Burkina Faso
2023
103 min
International Premiere
Luminous
Synopsis

To the villagers of Sitabaomba in Madagascar, French is not a language of love, but the language of colonization. They use French when they command zebu oxen to turn left and right in the field, and the Malagasy language when they tell stories from the heart. Intersecting camera footage with animation, puppetry and kabary—the Malagasy oratorical art—Where Zebus Speak French follows Ly and his fellow villagers and records their struggle to secure their land against violations from the state, military generals and multinational corporations.

“We shall be like the banana tree, yielding sweet fruits at the end of its life. We shall be like bees, leaving honey before dying,” Ly orates in front of his audience. In the background, we see a tractor bulldozing fields of lettuce, a road project displacing families, and luxury buildings taking the place of rice paddies.

Lands that the villagers have been cultivating for about fifty years and hope to acquire officially, began to be taken from them in 2016 and 2018 under unjust and murky laws. While they organize and protest, they have not forgotten to sing, dance, and—together with the children—create their own tales.

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Credits
103 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Malagasy, French
Director
    Nantenaina Lova
    Nantenaina Lova
Production
    Eva Lova-Bély for Papang Films,
    Felana Candy Radifera for Endemika Films
    Eva Lova-Bély for Papang Films,
    Felana Candy Radifera for Endemika Films
Co-production
    NiKo Film,
    Diam Production
    NiKo Film,
    Diam Production
Cinematography
    Nantenaina Lova,
    Nantenaina Fifaliana
    Nantenaina Lova,
    Nantenaina Fifaliana
Editing
    Nantenaina Lova,
    Emmanuel Roy,
    Jean-Michel Perez,
    Eva Lova-Bély
    Nantenaina Lova,
    Emmanuel Roy,
    Jean-Michel Perez,
    Eva Lova-Bély
Animation
    Herizo Bashy Ramilijaonina
    Herizo Bashy Ramilijaonina
Sound
    Nantenaina Fifaliana,
    Jonathan Narlysh Rafidiarison
    Nantenaina Fifaliana,
    Jonathan Narlysh Rafidiarison
Sound Design
    Julien Verstraete
    Julien Verstraete
Narrator
    Claudia Tagbo
    Claudia Tagbo
Screenplay
    Nantenaina Lova,
    Eva Lova-Bély
    Nantenaina Lova,
    Eva Lova-Bély
Involved TV Channel
    TV5 Monde
    TV5 Monde
Screening copy
    Endemika Films
    Endemika Films
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