In 2009, fed up with increased poverty and widespread corruption, Madagascar’s citizens took to the streets in protest. After the president was forced to resign, the international community terminated most foreign assistance to this chronically impoverished island nation. Over 60% of the country’s revenues were immediately wiped out, resulting in the dramatic curtailment of education, health care, sanitation and access to food.
Madagasikara is the story of three resilient women (Lin, Tina and Deborah) fighting for the survival of their families and the education of their children against the overwhelming forces of domestic political instability, international political hypocrisy and the crushing poverty caused by both.
Directed and Produced by former attorney turned documentarian Cam Cowan, Madagasikara was inspired by University of Virginia Law School students who reported on human rights issues in Madagascar. After a year of research and planning, Cam made his first trip to Madagascar in June 2014. After four years of filming and post-production, the documentary, which had a successful film festival run accumulating over 45 accolades from festivals around the world, will make its debut on Amazon Prime and Docurama on Friday, June 26th followed by a wider digital release.
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