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Zanatany - When Soulless Shrouds Whisper

Spring Grants 2022 - Production Stage

Hachimiya AHAMADA / Short Narrative / Belgium, France, Qatar / 28 min / Original Language: French, Malagasy, Swahili / Interests: Drama, History


Ali, a Comorian widower and father of two teenagers, works in a bookbinding workshop in Majunga, Madagascar. One morning, he witnesses a neighbourhood conflict that soon turns into an ethnic one and suddenly worsens when a strike breaks out in his workshop. As he faces the rise in tension between communities, Ali must protect his daughters.


Hachimiya Ahamada
Hachimiya Ahamada
Manon Coubia, Jérémy van der Haegen
Production Company
The Blue Raincoat

About the Director

Hachimiya Ahamada studied directing at INSAS, Belgium. 'Zanatany' is her second fiction film. With this project, she continues through cinema her work on the trajectories of the Comorian diaspora. Between fiction and observation of reality, she is a filmmaker who builds a universe whose narrative issues and formal proposal deepen her relationship with her roots. Her first short film, 'Ylang Ylang Residence', was selected numerous times at international festivals–from the International Critics' Week at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, to the Arab Film Festival in Oran, including the Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage Festival in Tunis.


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    Jérémy van der Haegen

    The Blue Raincoat

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