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Title:When image meets magic: learning to see in Raymond Rajaonarivelo's 'Quand les étoiles recontrent la mer'
Author:Buchanan, Sarah B.
Year:2015
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Volume:46
Issue:3
Pages:190-213
Language:English
Geographic term:Madagascar
Subjects:cinema
films
filmmakers
magic
sacrificial rites
children
About person:Raymond Rajaonarivelo (Filmproducer)
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v046/46.3.buchanan.pdf
Abstract:This article analyzes 'Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer' (1996), a Malagasy film by Raymond Rajaonarivelo. Using anthropological studies of spiritual beliefs in Madagascar, film theory, and information from field work and interviews, the author examines how Rajaonarivelo interweaves ideas of magic and image in this film to create an esthetically sophisticated and socially engaged text that challenges the Malagasy practice of killing children born on 'evil' days. She argues that the protagonist, Kapila, undergoes an initiation that teaches him how to see the magical forces affecting him and that he ultimately learns to escape the gods' control over his life. This article further asserts that the battle between free will and destiny in 'Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer' becomes a battle against filmic representation. As Rajaonarivelo inserts himself into his own deixis, Kapila's battle becomes a fight over his cinematic image, against the writer-director who, like the gods, manipulates the direction and meaning of his life. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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