Disco Afrika : une histoire malgache

Disco Afrika: A Malagasy Story
In Madagascar, 20-year-old Kwame struggles to make a living in the clandestine sapphire mines. An unexpected event takes him back to his hometown. There, as he is reunited with his mother and old friends, he is also confronted by the rampant corruption that plagues his country. Kwame is forced to choose between easy money and loyalty; between individualism and a political awakening.
The young protagonist Kwame seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders but he always finds the strength to search for answers and a way to a better future. The film echoes the African civil rights movements of the 1970s – an era which marked an artistic and musical awakening as a continuation of the struggle for independence. In Kwame’s personal story, the film also addresses the legacy of colonialism and the history of resistance and throws a spotlight on the contemporary situation.
by Luck Razanajaona
with Parista Sambo, Laurette Ramasinjanahary, Joe Lerova, Drwina Razafimahaleo, Jérôme Oza
France / Madagascar / Germany / Mauritius / South Africa / Qatar 2023 Malagasy 81' European premiere | Debut film | recommendation: 14 years and up

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  • Parista Sambo (Kwame)
  • Laurette Ramasinjanahary (Mother)
  • Joe Lerova (Idi)
  • Drwina Razafimahaleo (Bezara)
  • Jérôme Oza (Babaa)


DirectorLuck Razanajaona
ScreenplayFrançois Hébert, Marcello Novais Teles, Ludovic Randriamanantsoa, Luck Razanajaona
CinematographyRaphaël O’Byrne
EditingMarianne Haroche, Patrick Minks
MusicPierre Gratacap
Sound DesignPierre George
SoundJulien Verstraete
Production DesignFlorence Dumont
CostumesSandra Rajaonarivo
Make-UpMihamintsoa Rakotoniaina
CastingDelphine Zingg
ProducersJonathan Rubin, François Magal
Executive ProducersJonathan Rubin, Herizo Rabary
Co-ProducersHerizo Rabary, Nicole Gerhards, David Constantin, Carolyn Carew
Co-ProductionAfricamadavibe Production, Antananarivo
NiKo Film, Berlin
Caméléon Production, Port Louis
Free Women Films, Johannesburg

Produced by

We Film

Le Port, Réunion, France

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World Sales

Sudu Connexion

Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, France

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Luck Razanajaona

The director comes from Madagascar and studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Marrakech, Morocco. He has participated in and developed his projects at Berlinale Talents, Rotterdam Lab and La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes. His short films and feature-length documentaries have screened at numerous festivals around the world. Disco Afrika: une histoire malgache is his first feature-length fiction film.


2013 Le Zebu de Dadilahy; short film 2015 Madame Esther; short film 2021 Faritra; co-director, documentary 2023 Disco Afrika : une histoire malgache (Disco Afrika: A Malagasy Story)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Sat Feb 17 13:45

Cubix 7

Subtitles: English

Screening for press and industry professionals | With accreditation only

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Mon Feb 19 19:00

HKW 1 - Miriam Makeba Auditorium

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Tue Feb 20 18:30

Cineplex Titania

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Thu Feb 22 12:00


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Q&A with German sign language interpreter

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Sat Feb 24 15:45

Cubix 8

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Sun Feb 25 18:45

Cubix 8

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