Subjects: Art Music & Design, Multicultural Studies, Anthropology
In Malagasy, Mahaleo means free, independent. Musical group Mahaleo’s voices and music embody that sentiment, accompanying the people of Madagascar ever since the collapse of the colonial regime. Yet, even after 30 years of success, the group’s seven musicians still keep their distance from the world of show-business, and remain deeply committed to helping their country’s development; their professions range from surgeon to farmer, physician to sociologist and member of parliament. Accompanied by the group’s rhythmic melodies, MAHALEO follows the singers through their daily lives, giving us a glimpse of the far-reaching social and economic problems of the Malagasy people. The combined talents of the Brazilian Cesar Paes, and the Malagasy Raymond Rajaonarivelo have produced a work that is both etheral and concrete, poetic and political.
"The beauty of Malagasy music with its mellow guitars and whiff of Polynesian melody, is given a political context in this colorful look back at the anti-colonial movement and various island crises since then. This wide-ranging documentary focuses on the eponymous combo whose members have gone on to other useful trades while keeping music as a center to heart-filled living." - Variety
Audience award and Silver island at FIFIG Groix Island Film Festival (France)
Best documentary Award at 11th "Regards sur le Cinéma du Sud" Film Festival (France)