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Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001)

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
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Nurse Malika
Mwanajuma Ali Hassan ...
Bibi Maangamizi
Kisaka A. Kisaka ...
Reverend Waigwa
Adam Mwambile ...
Dr. Moshi
Mary Chibwana ...
Patient
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ummie Mahfouda Alley ...
Patient
Zainabu Bafadhili ...
Young Samehe
Janet Fabian ...
Sister Francis
Stumai Halili ...
Patient
Mgeni ...
Young Asira
Thecla Mjatta ...
Zeinabu
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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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Lead Actress, Amandina Lihamba sprained her ankle while hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro to shoot a scene for the film. Despite her injury she continued up the mountain and finished all her scenes. See more »

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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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A doctor from America must discover the secret of a mysterious woman in an African mental hospital.
6 June 2003 | by (Dayton, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

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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