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Directed by Josua Hotz

Fiction | 2015| 15'45''

With Andry Tafika Harison RAKOTOZAFY

Produced by Louise Productions & ECAL, Lausanne


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.


Written and directed by : Josua HOTZ

First assistant director : Rianando Ludovic RANDRIAMANANTSOA

Script : Aina Maminiriana ANDRIANALISOA

Camera : Julia SANGNAKKARA


Gaffer : Nia Angelo RAJAONARISON

Make-up artist : Jerry Fabrice Gilberto NAMBININA

Wardrobe and props : 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

Louise Productions Vevey

Producer : Heinz DILL

Associate producer : Elisabeth GARBAR

Production manager : Laetitia CERVINI

Accountant : Agnès BAUD GERBER


Head of project development : Bruno DEVILLE

Screenplay supervisor : Raphaëlle DESPLECHIN

Instructors : 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 : Heinz Dill and Elisabeth Garbar (Louise Productions)

In coproduction with : ECAL 

With the support of :

Fondation culturelle Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise

Fondation Education 21 - Films pour un seul monde

Association Romandie - Madagascar


Nirin : Andry Tafika Harison RAKOTOZAFY

Martine : Marie Esther RAZANAMANGA

Emile : Nary Elysée alias Tapé RAHERISON

Abel : Arnaud Olivier RAKOTOZAFY

Joel : Nomena Andrianina Safidinekena Bryan AINARIFETRA

Lady 1 : Martine Yvonne RAZAFINIRINA

Lady 2 : Yvette RAJAONAH

Driver's assistant : Dominique RATOJOARIMANANA

Driver : Jean Charles RANDRIANIAINA

Martine's neighbour : Georgette RAZAFINDRASOA

Extras "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