Madagascar, a Journey Diary

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Madagascar, a Journey Diary
Directed by Bastien Dubois
Produced by Ron Dyens
Aurélia Prévieu
Written by Bastien Dubois
Edited by Boubkar Benzabat
Release date
Running time
11 minutes
Country France
Language French


Famadihana is an ancient Malagasy custom that means “the turning of the dead”. A symbol of the importance of the worship of ancestors, and a chance to move the remains of ancestors from their first tomb to their final resting place, it is an occasion for festivities, dance and the sacrifice of zebus. The movie is filmed like the travel journey of a Western traveler in search of these customs. The pages turn, the drawings come to life, and the luxuriant landscapes of Madagascar appear one after another. The celebrations may commence…


In January 2011, Madagascar, a Journey Diary was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short.[1] It selected at Sundance and Dawn Breakers International Film Festival in 2009.


  1. ^ "Oscar nominations 2011 in full". BBC News. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 

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