Makibefo (1999) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth (1053 words)

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Adapted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by Alexander Abela (1999). Starring Martin Zia and Neoliny Dety. Malagasy and English with German, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles. Black and white. 73 minutes.

Makibefo (1999) is a black and white film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in Madagascar. In fact it is less an adaptation than a kind of anthropological experiment. British director Alexander Abela, with one colleague, traveled to Faux-Cap, a town on the southern point of Madagascar, where he created the film with the Antandroy, an isolated tribe of fishermen. All the roles in the film were played by Antandroy tribe members, with the exception of …

Citation: Claflin, Jacob. "Makibefo (1999) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 October 2015 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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