In the wings of the opera « Maraina »voyaging between Reunion, Madagascar and… Paris,  the film combines history and oral memory to recount the story of the first settlers of the Indian Ocean islands.


Written by a Reunion-born composer, “Maraina” is the first opera to be created in the Indian Ocean region: the story of ten Malagasy and two Frenchmen who landed on this pristine island in the mid-17th century. The film traces the cast’s journey to the place where it all began – Fort-Dauphin, in southern Madagascar – where they perform for an audience that has never before seen an opera. 


This musical road movie, which explores the Europeans’ discovery of the Indian Ocean, is a poetic and profoundly human experience.

Running time: 96 minutes
Format: DCP, Blu-ray
Ratio: 1:77
Visa: 117469
Year of production: 2012
Original languages: French, Malagasy, Creole
Available subtitles: English, French
A film by: Marie Clémence & César Paes 
Music: Jean-Luc Trulès 
Photography: Cesar Paes 
Editing: Agnès Contensou, Marie Clémence and César Paes 
Sound: Frédéric Cristea and Quentin Bécognée 

Sound mixing: Gabriel Mathé 
Solor grading: Nicolas Cuau 
Cast: Arnaud Dormeuil, Steeve Heimanu Mai, Karim Bouzra, Landy Andriamboavonjy and Aurore Ugolin 
Production: Laterit productions (Paris-Tana) 
co-produced by: Cobra Films 
With the support of: la Region Reunion, Fonds Images de la diversite, l’ACSE, le CNC and programme MEDIA de l’Union Europeenne 


Poster of the film

Press kit

Catalogue of films distributed by Laterit

Photos from the film (300 dpi)

Link to an interview in English by Betti Elerson / African Women in Cinema  : 
For producer and filmmaker Marie-Clémence Paes, oral cultures are the basis of her films. She discusses this organising principle, which is the leitmotiv of her work, the films that she produces and directs with her husband, cinematographer and director César Paes, as well as their company Laterit Productions.

Jean-Luc Trulès, composer, Aurore Ugolin Mezzo Soprano, Steeve Mai Baritone.

On the road to south of Madagascar to perform the Opera Maraina at the end of the World : Fort Dauphin .