Cinema of Madagascar

Cinemas in Madagascar

The Cinema of Madagascar refers to the film industry in Madagascar.

In 1975, the Malagasy government nationalized the movie theatres and established the Office du Cinema Malgache.[1] The national film industry, although very much in its infancy, is influenced by Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) and French cinema.[2][3] The most notable director is Raymond Rajaonarivelo, director of movies such as Quand Les Etoiles Rencontrent La Mer (When the Stars Meet the Sea) and Tabataba (The Spreading of Rumors).[3] The Rencontres du Film Court Madagascar is an award given to honor the best films and players in the industry.

Cinemas in the capital, Antananarivo show Hollywood blockbuster films;[4] films are dubbed into French.[5] Bruce Lee is very popular in Madagascar.[5]


Year Title Director Genre Notes
1974 Very Remby Solo Randrasana
1980 Fitampoha
1983 Dahalo, Dahalo Benoît Ramampy
1987 Ilo Tsy Very Ignace Solo Randrasana Drama Depicts the 1947 Malagasy Uprising
1987 Le Prix de la paix Abel Rakotozanany and Benoît Ramampy Shown at the African Film Festival in Montreal in 1988
1988 Tabataba Raymond Rajaonarivelo Drama Depicts the 1947 Malagasy Uprising, selected for 1988 Cannes Film Festival
1989 Angano... Angano... nouvelles de Madagascar Marie-Clémence Paes, Cesar Paes Documentary

Won awards at the Festival dei Popoli, Cinéma du Réel, and Vues d’Afrique

1996 Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer Raymond Rajaonarivelo Drama Depicts the Malagasy liberation struggle
2001 Makibefo Alexander Abela Drama Based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth
2004 Souli Alexander Abela Drama Based on William Shakespeare's Othello
2004 Sur les murs de la ville Fabrice Maminirina Razafindralambo Short animation the first malagasy animation short film in official competition at Annecy animation film festival 2004
2005 Mahaleo Marie-Clémence Paes and Raymond Rajaonarivelo Documentary Traces the history of Mahaleo, Madagascar's most popular band
2006 the sun rises...then sets Jiva Eric RazafindralamboShort animation Won Best Film at the Rencontres du Film Court Madagascar 2006
2007 Raketa mena Hery A. Rasolo Documentary Won an award at the Ciné Sud de Cozès
2007 Tafasiry Toky RandriamahazosoaShort Won Best Film at the Rencontres du Film Court Madagascar 2007
2010 Varavarankely Sitraka Randriamahaly Short Won the Best Animation Film at Rencontres du Film Court in 2010
2011 Dzaomalaza et le saphir bleu Andriamanisa Radoniaina and Mamihasina Raminosoa
2012 Malagasy Mankany Haminiaina Ratovoarivony Comedy-adventure Diaspora Award at the 13th Hollywood Black Film Festival in the USA - Best Feature Film Award at the 14th Cinemas d'Afrique in France - Audience Award at the 10th Festival Cine Africano Cordoba in Spain - Africa Connexion Award at the 30th Vues d'Afrique film Festival in Montreal Canada - Best feature film and best actress at the 2014 Iarivo film festival
2015 Les panthères de l'île rouge Marie Camille Road-movie Official Selection at the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes in 2015
Fara Raymond Rajaonarivelo Not yet released


  1. Martin, Michael T. (1995). Cinemas of the Black Diaspora: Diversity, Dependence, and Oppositionality. Wayne State University Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-8143-2588-9.
  2. Delanty, Professor Gerard; Giorgi, Liana; Sassatelli, Monica (27 April 2011). Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere. Taylor & Francis. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-136-73858-6.
  3. 1 2 Heale, Jay; Latif, Zawiah Abdul (2008). Madagascar. Marshall Cavendish. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-7614-3036-0.
  4. 1000 Ultimate Experiences. Lonely Planet. 2009. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-74179-945-3.
  5. 1 2 Bradt, Hilary (2011). Madagascar. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-84162-341-2.
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