Screens of the World


by Franck SANSON


Original title : Mandeha

Director : Franck SANSON

Production : French Connection Films

Duration : 52 Minutes

Year : 2000

Original version : French

Country : France


On the west coast of Madagascar, wedged between the Mozambique Channel, the mangrove and the forest, is the village of Ambohibe, part of the Vezo territory. Semi-nomadic, animists, living by oral tradition, the Vezo subsist mainly from fishing with outrigger canoes. Ambohibe which sits on a sand dune in the middle of the mangrove, has known times when the French, the Indians and the Dutch would draw alongside the canoes and sail away with all kinds of goods. Today Ambohibe appears to have been abandoned but the Vezo have remained. They take us with them on a journey into the forest of baobabs to build a canoe as they tell their tales of the past, their traditions and the future.

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