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Directed by Josua Hotz

Fiction | 2015| 15'45''

With Andry Tafika Harison RAKOTOZAFY

Produced by l'ECAL and Louise Productions



Nirin is 6.

It's the first time he's leaving his native village in Madagascar.

Accompanied by his mother and his two younger brothers, they cross the country on a bush-taxi.

Their mother promised them they would go on a lovely long trip and Nirin is eagerly looking forward to discovering his country.

However, this great journey doesn't turn out the way Nirin imagined it.


A film by : Josua HOTZ

First assistant director : Rianando Ludovic RANDRIAMANANTSOA

Script : Aina Maminiriana ANDRIANALISOA

Camera : Julia SANGNAKKARA


Chief electrician : Nia Angelo RAJAONARISON

Make-up : Jerry Fabrice Gilberto NAMBININA

Wardrobe / Accessories : Willah RANDRIAMORASATA

Location manager : Michel RAONIRINA

Set pictures : 

Nizar MAMY & Feno Mahery RAMAHOLISON

Editing : Youri TCHAO

Sound editing : Julie BLANCO & Pauline JEANBOURQUIN

Mixing : Antoine BERTUCCI

Colour grading : Arthur TOUCHAIS

Screenplay : Josua HOTZ

Louise Productions Sàrl

Accounting : Heinz DILL

Associate producer : Elisabeth GARBAR

Production manager/production coordinator (chargée de production) : Laetitia CERVINI

Accountant : Agnès BAUD GERBER


Projects department : Bruno DEVILLE

Screenplay advisor : Raphaëlle DESPLECHIN

Participants : Patrick TRESCH, Hippolyte GIRARDOT & Raphaël SOHIER

ECAL headmaster : Alexis GEORGACOPOULOS

Film department manager : Lionel BAIER   

Film studies - Bachelor coordinator : Rachel NOEL

Production manager : Jean-Guillaume SONNIER

Technical collaborator : Robert DUTOIT, Antonio MOURALINHO & Charles PRALONG

Line producer in Madagascar : Tamaboo Films - Mireille MARTIN        

Producers : Elisabeth Garbar et Heinz Dill (Louise Productions)

In coproduction with : ECAL 

With the support of :

Fondation Education 21 - Films pour un seul monde

Fondation culturelle Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise

Association Romandie - Madagascar

Nirin : Andry Tafika Harison RAKOTOZAFY

Martine : Marie Esther RAZANAMANGA

Emile : Nary Elysée dit Tapé RAHERISON

Abel : Arnaud Olivier RAKOTOZAFY

Joel : Nomena Andrianina Safidinekena Bryan AINARIFETRA

Lady 1 : Martine Yvonne RAZAFINIRINA

Lady 2 : Yvette RAJAONAH

Bus manager : Dominique RATOJOARIMANANA

Driver : Jean Charles RANDRIANIAINA

Martine neighbour's : Georgette RAZAFINDRASOA

Extra "taxi brousse" : Nomenjanahary Miora RABARINIRINA, Christophe RANDRIAMISATA, Philibert RAKOTOARISOA, David RASAMIZANANY &Feno Mahery RAMAHOLISON


Cabriolet Film Festival in Beirut - projection June 11th, 2017

Filmfest Dresden - 4-9 April 2017

"Premier Gestes" in Tunis - 17-21March 2017

Bamberger Kurzfilmtage - Bamberg - 23-29 January 2017

Bogoshorts in Bogota - Colombia - projections December 12th, 2016

Festival Européen du Film d'Education  in Evreux - November 29th-December 3th, 2016

"In the Palace" in Sofia - Bulgaria - projection November 18th, 2016

Castellinaria in Bellinzona - 12-19 November 2016 - Jury's special mention

Interfilm Festival in Berlin - projection November 16th and November 18th, 2016 

Africa International Film Festival in Lagos - Nigeria -  13-20 November 2016

Festival des Cinémas d'Afrique du pays d'Apt -  10-17 November 2016

Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Uppsala - Sweden - 24-30 Oktober 2016

European Film Screenings - Swiss shorts in Dubaï - projections Oktober 20th and Oktober 22th, 2016 in Dubai Festival City

"Molodist" in Kiev - Ukraine - 22-29 Oktober 2016

Filmets in Badalona Film Festival - 21 and 30 Oktober

Île Courts - in Maurice  - 11-15 Oktober 2016

FIFF Campus de Namur - September 30th-Oktober 6th, 2016

la Nuit du Court in the french speaking part of Switzerland in Vevey, Genève, Delémont, Yverdon, Sion, Fribourg, Morges and Lugano, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Lausanne

Filmfest of Malans - projection September 3th, 2016 

Festival Cinéma d'Afrique in Lausanne - projections August 20th and 21th, 2016 

International Film Festival of Kinshasa - projection July 8th, 2016

"Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival" in Tel-Aviv in international competition - 9-16 June 2016

Festival Ciné Jeunesse Suisse in Zürich - projection April 8th, 2016

Rencontres du film court in Madagascar in the "Zébu d'Or fiction" competition - 15-23 April 2016

Kurzfilmnacht in the german speaking part of Switzerland in Zürich, Berne, Baden-Wettingen, Aarau, Bienne, Winterthur, Schaffhouse, Choire, Bâle, Lucerne, Uster, St-Gall

Festival Regard in Saguenay (Canada) - 16-20 March 2016

Journées de Soleure  in the "Panorama Suisse - short movie" category / projections January 22th and January 24th, 2016

Internationale Kurzfilmtage of Winterthur in the swiss competition - projections November 6th and November 7th, 2016