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Return of a President

Original title
En Præsident Vender Tilbage - Efter Kuppet i Madagaskar
Running time
90 min.
Denmark Denmark
Lotte Mik-Meyer
Halfdan E
Co-production Denmark-South Africa-Madagascar-France; Kamoli Films / Magic Hour Films / MikMeyer Film
Documentary | Biography. Politics. Africa
Synopsis / Plot
Brutally forced out of Madagascar through a military coup d’etat and now exiled in South Africa, Madagascar’s democratically elected and very popular former president, Marc Ravalomanana, gathers a team of advisors to investigate, who was behind the military coup that forced him out of his own country. With the help of his private militia, a young Radio DJ, businessman and aspiring politician was suddenly placed into the highest office of power in the African country, and left much of the population in poverty and starvation.

The exiled president is determined to peacefully win back his homeland and office,
but he finds himself navigating a minefield of political intrigue and special interests.
He turns to the international community to help mediate a diplomatic solution.

However, it turns out to be a difficult task to solve the ongoing crisis in Madagascar
and get the country back on track. There are many other interests at play than simply reinstalling democracy to the country – not least in France - the former colonial power - who secretly but actively seems to support the coup regime to protect their own socio-economic interests in Madagascar.

Through a five-year long shooting period and unique access to the private chambers
and confidential meetings of the president, his advisors and international meetings,
'Return of a President - After the coup in Madagascar' tells the intimate inside story about the political power play and intrigue surrounding the coup d’etat of 2009 and follows the battle to bring Ravalomanana home and reinstall democracy to Madagascar.
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