SITABAOMBA (WHERE ZEBUS SPEAK FRENCH)

Directed by: Nantenaina Lova

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2023 | Madagascar, Reunion Island, France

FILM SYNOPSIS

To the villagers of Sitabaomba in Madagascar, French is not a language of love, but the language of colonization. They use French when they command zebu oxen to turn left and right in the field, and the Malagasy language when they tell stories from the heart. Intersecting camera footage with animation, puppetry and kabary—the Malagasy oratorical art—Where Zebus Speak French follows Ly and his fellow villagers and records their struggle to secure their land against violations from the state, military generals and multinational corporations.

Languages: French | Malagasy

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Subtitles available: English | French