An American woman doctor comes to Tanzania to work at a hospital for the mentally disturbed, with her Tanzanian lover. There, she meets a sometimes catatonic patient, Samahe, who seems to ... See full summary »
An American woman doctor comes to Tanzania to work at a hospital for the mentally disturbed, with her Tanzanian lover. There, she meets a sometimes catatonic patient, Samahe, who seems to be in communication with another reality. In their confrontation with their individual and collective pasts, Dr Asira and Samehe are bound by fears and half remembered images of unbearable pain. Only through the spirit of Maangamizi, can the women resume their lives with an understanding of the ancestors and their eternal presence in a world of cruelty, hatred and death. It is a story that seeks to reclaim the connection between Africa and her Diaspora, and one that dares to represent the histories of two continents as it peels away layers upon layers of pain to bring healing of the soul. Written by
For filming the scene "at the door to hell" in Bagamoyo, local extras were used. After filming of the scene was complete, the extras were paid. Immediately after some of the extras were beaten up and robbed of their pay by people who watched the filming. See more »
A doctor from America must discover the secret of a mysterious woman in an African mental hospital.
A hypnotic, amazing film shot in Tanzania by an international cast, Maangamizi examines the spiritual nature of mental health as soon through the eyes of an American doctor, played by BarbaraO, who must discover the secret of a mysterious woman in a Tanzanian mental hospital and the woman's visitations by what may be a supernatural entity.
Any further synopsis would not do the film justice as it must be seen in full to be appreciated. The film is wonderfully directed and features a multi-layered script which takes its inspiration from the story of the Greek goddess Hekate. The cinematography brings the Tanzanian countryside to life from the dusty hospital compound to the majestic heights of its mountains.
Probably one of the most intelligent and creative movies I've seen in the last ten years. It needs to be watched at least twice to be fully appreciated.
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