- Jean Rabenjamina
- Joseph Rainizatilehy
- Aimée Razatindrataranoa
- Louis Vahandanitra
French and Malagasy team
First assistant director: Alan Olivieri
Second assistant director: Odile Abergel
Figuration and staging assistant: Henri Randrianierenana
Script: Sophie Dwernicki
Photography director: Bruno Privat
First assistant operator: Philippe Renaut
Second assistant operator: Thibault Dilly
Sound engineer: Jean-Pierre Houel
Sound assistant: Grégoire Paulus
Production director: Bernard Bolzinger
Production administrator: Thierry Artur
General manager: Julie Bordes
Assistant manager: Laurence Thibault, Franck Baldo, Andrianisainana Ramahefarimanana
France/ Madagascar coordinator: Katia Panlou
Makeup artist and hair dresser: Caroline Philipponnat
Dresser: Marie Rammivo-Harimoro
Decorator: Vincent Mateu-Ferrer
This film is about an ill-fated boy (Kapila) looking for his birth father. He is born during the solar eclipse, which grants Kapila destructive powers. According to Madagascar's traditional belief, children with the destructive power needs to be trampled to death. However, a young female adopts Kapila. After realizing his life story, Kapila decides to return home to learn about his past with the guidance of a mystical blind woman.
This is a poetic film that pinpoints the relationship between traditional and modern concepts of freedom. The movie uses "water" as a recurrent metaphor. All major characters dream about the ocean that they have never seen. The yearn for the ocean symbolizes the return to the oceanic mother, which implicates one's desire for freedom. Raymond Rajaonarivelo tries to depict the liberation struggle of the Malagasy through the leitmotifs in the short film.
About the director
Raymond Rajaonarivelo is a director from Tananarive, Madagascar. Born in 1952, he spent his childhood in Tananarive before moving to France, where he still resides today. He studied film in Montpellier and Paris. He is best known for his debut feature film Tabataba (1988), which was selected for The Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and for his film When the Stars Meet the Sea (1996).
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Entry by: Prisca Tang