Raymond Rajaonarivelo

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Raymond Rajaonarivelo (born 1949) is a Madagascan film director.


Raymond Rajaonarivelo was born in Antananarivo in 1949. He studied filmmaking at the University of Montpellier and at the University of Paris.[1] Though living on the outskirts of Paris, he returns to Madagascar for filming.[2]

In the 1970s Rajaonarivelo made two Madagascan short films.[1] His debut feature film, Tabataba (1988), told the story of a village in the 1947 Malagasy Uprising. It was the first Malagasy film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the 1988 Audience Award. It also won the Jury award at the 1989 Taormina Film Fest, and first feature award at the 1989 Carthage Film Festival.[3]


  • Izaho Lokanga Ianao Valiha [I am 'Lokanga', you are 'Valiha'], 1974
  • Tabataba [Rumour], 1988
  • Quand les etoiles rencontrent la mer [When the Stars Meet the Sea], 1996
  • (co-directed with Cesar Paes) Mahaleo, 2004


  1. ^ a b Roy Armes (2008). "Rajaonarivelo, Raymond". Dictionary of African Filmmakers. Indiana University Press. p. 109. ISBN 0-253-35116-2.
  2. ^ Karine Blanchon (2010). "Raymond Rajaonarivelo's Cinema: Between Madagascar and France". In Verena Berger; Miya Komori. Polyglot Cinema: Migration and Transcultural Narration in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 127–. ISBN 978-3-643-50226-1.
  3. ^ "Raymond Rajaonarivelo | Réalisateur | Zama Paris 2018". zama-diaspora.com. Retrieved 2018-11-12.