Famadihana is a rite of reburial in Madagascar. It is a rite of (re-)opening the family crypts, rewrapping the remains (bones) with new shrouds, and transferring or returning the remains from one crypt to another or within the same crypts in a joyful tone through dancing with folklore music band.
This documentary by Jacques Randrianary, S.J., MFA (from Loyola Marymount School of Film) brings a rich context to this long- standing tradition by tracing François Rakotoarimasy family’s journey through their grief, guilt and redemption embedded in the process of Famadihana.
Haunted by their past, survivor family members are torn apart. Due to unfinished duties towards a deceased mother Odile Ravaonasolo (died in 2010), they decide to take a journey to remove, rewrap, and bring home the remains of Ravaonasolo. It is a journey of reconnecting with ancestors as well as ancestral land, houses, and tombs. It is a journey of repair and reconciliation in terms of “seeing again,” and “touching again.”