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Produced by  Alexander Abela
Music by  Bien Rasoanan Tenaina
Initial release  17 October 2001
7.9/10 IMDb

Directed by  Alexander Abela
Written by  Alexander Abela
Cinematography  Alexander Abela
Director  Alexander Abela
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Starring  Martin Zia Neoliny Dety
Similar  We Work Again, All the Rage, Souli, Key Witness, A Witch's Tangled Hare

Makibefo 1999 trailer


Makibefo is a 2001 Malagasy black-and-white drama film written and directed by Alexander Abela. The director filmed the movie near the town of Faux Cap, Madagascar, with a single technical assistant. With the exception of an English-speaking narrator, all the roles are played by indigenous Antandroy people (few of whom had ever seen a movie before) who performed a largely improvised story based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth set in a remote fishing village.

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Plot

Two Antandroy men, Makibefo and Bakoua, encounter a witch doctor as they escort a prisoner across the desert back to their village. The witch doctor prophesizes a series of future events, including Makibefo’s role as the destined king of his people. On their return to the village, Makibefo sees the witch doctor’s prophecies begin to come true. He shares the prophecies with his wife, and she goads him into killing their king, Danikany. Makibefo becomes the new king, but ambition and fear drive him to kill others in the village that might threaten his position. He eventually faces a revolt by the families and friends of his victims.

Cast

  • Martin Zia as Makibefo
  • Neoliny Dety as Valy Makibefo
  • Jean-Félix as Danikany
  • Bien Rasoanan Tenaina as Malikomy
  • Jean-Noël as Makidofy
  • Randina Arthur as Bakoua
  • Boniface as Kidoure
  • Victor Raobelina as the witch doctor
  • Gilbert Laumord as the storyteller
  • Reception

    Variety reviewed Makibefo positively, calling it “an entirely fresh response to Shakespeare that should attract both fans of the Bard and B&W cinema.”

    References

    Makibefo Wikipedia


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