Uncanny Strangers


2009 / 46 minutes

Directed by
David Picard
Country of production
United Kingdom

Uncanny Strangers has been filmed in a fishing village in the South-West of Madagascar. Through a series of everyday life episodes the film provides insight into the relationships between the villagers and various human and non-human ‘strangers’ – ancestor and tromba spirits, Western NGO workers, ecotourists, fish collectors, cattle rustlers and the ethnographic filmmaker. Through its specific ethnographic focus, the film points towards more generic issues related to hospitality practice, frictions in the field of environmental action and transnational forms of collaboration.

Language and subtitles
English and French with English, French, Portugese, German Subtitles
East Africa
Tourism / Travel / Pilgrimage Development projects Environment