Director: Cesar Paes and Raymond Rajaonarivelo
Countries: France and Madagascar
Year: 2004
Running Time: 102 min.
Language: French and Malagasy

Mahaleo was born out of Madagascar’s 1972 rebellion against its neo-colonial regime. For 30 years, their music has embodied the Malagasy peoples’ struggle for pride and independence. Although internationally acclaimed, the members of the group continue to work in professions serving the Malagasy people – two are doctors, one an elected official, one a sociologist and another leads an NGO. It is the Mahaleo’s daily contact with the joy and despair of their people, documented in this film, which doubtlessly accounts for the unprecedented popularity of their music.

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