UK indie Back2Back Productions is making a fast turnaround documentary for Al Jazeera International on the social and political upheaval in Madagascar.
The factual producer is travelling to the island to explore the background to the unrest that has left the country on the brink of civil war.
The documentary, Madagascar for Sale?, will examine the impact of the political and military coup of March 2009, when a former radio DJ swore himself in as president, and the subsequent financial crisis that has led to rioting in the capital city of Antananarivo.
A crew is already on the island and plans to stay there for the 50th anniversary of its founding on 26 June, when protests are expected to escalate.
The programme is Back2Back’s third commission for the channel’s People and Power strand.
Back2Back managing director David Notman-Watt said: “While the world’s attention is on Thailand, there is a society crumbling in East Africa. The real fear in Madagascar is the conflict currently on the streets could grow into something far worse.”
Al-Jazeera International plans to broadcast the documentary next month.