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The White Massai (2005)

Die weisse Massai (original title)
A girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes an interesting turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai. Carola decides to leave her boyfriend to stay with her lover. There, she has to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carola Mamutelil geb. Lehmann
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Lemalian Mamutelil
Katja Flint ...
Elisabeth
Antonio Prester ...
Pater Bernardo (as Nino Prester)
Janek Rieke ...
Stefan
Helen Namaso Lenamarken ...
Lemalians Mama
Nicolas Sironka ...
Mini-Chief
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ...
Asma (as Damaris Agweyu)
Barbara M. Ahren ...
Carolas Mutter (as Barbara Magdalena Ahren)
Robert Dölle ...
Frank
Barbara Herschbach ...
Jenny
Morgan Lematampash ...
Tom
Kiriniyaga Lenamatiyo ...
John
Christine Namkuny ...
Saguna
John Erick ...
Mike
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A girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes an interesting turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai. Carola decides to leave her boyfriend to stay with her lover. There, she has to adapt to the Masai's way of life and get used to their food which includes milk mixed with blood. She also has to face her husband's attitude towards women and what he expects from a wife. Nonetheless, Carola is welcomed warmly into the tribe she has chosen to join. Written by Ploy P.

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15 September 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Den vita massajen  »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,083,857 (Germany) (16 September 2005)

Gross:

$6,680,352 (Germany) (7 October 2005)
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The cast and crew lived in tents among the Samburu during the entire shoot. They also studied their language and customs. See more »

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Featured in Smagsdommerne: Episode #3.14 (2006) See more »

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An exceptionally difficult film to bring to the screen.
9 August 2006 | by (Fremantle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Corinne Hofmann's absorbing filmed autobiography is an extremely confronting film and, at least to this viewer, therefore became an uncomfortable couple of hours to watch. It's a tough story that lies before the viewer full of cultural confrontation, personal confrontation and the burial of some individual long-held believes and values. All of this drama is carried out with bare-knuckle subtlety in many cases and also with just as much beauty and softness in often back to back scenes. Anyone watching this wonderfully engaging film will be batted from one extreme to another-hence my use of the words "difficult" and "confronting".

It's a fabulous film to mentally play with after leaving the theater; there are so many aspects that must be filed away, in comfort-hopefully, after the total confrontation of values and ideas that will bombard anyone who watches The White Masai. I hope that i am not being nor will be branded as sexist when I write that I thought Lemalian, the Masai, had the harder row to hoe of the two of them-his traditions were continually being assaulted while Hofmann's, although similarly assaulted, were at least those of a visitor rather than as a resident of an extremely isolated and traditional society. Both paths were exceptionally hard and I left the theater feeling privileged that Huntgeburth made the film so that I could peek into events that would tax anybody.

Go out of your way to see this film because it is rare and insightful; you will not be disappointed.


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