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ANGANO...ANGANO...TALES FROM MADAGASCAR
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64 minutes, 1989, Madagascar
Producer: Marie-Clemence Blanc-Paes, Director: Cesar Paes
in Malagasy with English subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
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Angano...Angano... pioneers a new approach to ethnographic filmmaking, at once scrupulously non-interpretive yet deeply evocative. The central character in Angano...Angano... is the oral tradition itself, passing down the wisdom of the ancestors - the "ear's inheritance" - through myths and folktales. Venerable storytellers recount for the camera and their listeners the founding myths of Malagasy culture. The filmmakers do not dramatize these tales; rather they document storytelling itself by placing it in its social and geographical context. The tales flow into and out of stunning shots of the daily Malagasy life which gave birth to them and which they in turn explain.
CRITICAL COMMENT
"'Tales...Tales...' says the opening interviewee, and our ears perk up. This film offers plenty of good stories...Absorbing and highly recommended."
Video Librarian
"A splendid film...Images of fantasy and reality are evoked by the words of personable storytellers."
Harold Scheub, University of Wisconsin

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