Produced by: Marie-Clémence Paes / Laterit productions
Released: 2013 Running Time: 96 min Language: French, Malagasy Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese Subjects: Anthropology, African Studies, Arts, Music
Based on historical facts, the African descendent and Reunion born Trulès composed the opera Maraina, recounting the story of the first settlers of the Indian Ocean islands. Voyaging between Reunion, Madagascar and Paris, AN OPERA FROM THE INDIAN OCEAN traces the cast's journey to the place where it all began: Fort-Dauphin in southern Madagascar, at the end of the African continent.
The opera singers perform this contemporary music for an audience that has never before seen an opera. A fascinating voyage through time and space, between the 17th century seafarers ships and Madagascar today.
Kimitete awardfor the most “human” film at FIFIG Groix Island Film Festival (France)
“An enchanting movie for those who love opera, Madagascar, history and music.” -Madagascar Music
“The approach, especially, is beautiful… a warm-hearted celebration of race mixing and marriage of cultures.” -Le Monde
“A very free documentary, traveling and curious, far from prejudice, with music as the main compass.” -Telerama