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Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001)

 -  Drama  -  18 February 2001 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Barbarao ...
Dr. Asira (as BarbaraO)
Amandina Lihamba ...
Samehe
Samahani Kejeri ...
Simba Mbili
Waigwa Wachira ...
Dr. Odhiambo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ummie Mahfouda Alley ...
Patient
Zainabu Bafadhili ...
Young Samehe
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Nurse Malika
Mary Chibwana ...
Patient
Janet Fabian ...
Sister Francis
Stumai Halili ...
Patient
Mwanajuma Ali Hassan ...
Bibi Maangamizi
Kisaka A. Kisaka ...
Reverend Waigwa
Mgeni ...
Young Asira
Thecla Mjatta ...
Zeinabu
Mona Mwakalinga ...
Mariamu
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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 Anonymous

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It was the first film from the United Republic of Tanzania to ever be submitted as entry to the Oscars. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Malika: Hey, watch where you're going!
Dr. Asira: Where's Samehe, I'm looking for Samehe!
Nurse Malika: She's in the Art room with Dr. Odhiambo!
Nurse Malika: This is no American Freeway!
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28 February 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I recommend this film to anyone on a spiritual journey, to anyone who understands the importance of forgiveness to the blossoming of the human spirit, to anyone who knows that the fruit of our future germinates in reconciliation with our past. Haunting, subtle music track by Cyril Neville.


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