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The White Massai (2005)
"Die weisse Massai" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Also Known As:

Den vita massajen  »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$123,896 (Austria) (23 September 2005)

Gross:

$6,680,352 (Germany) (7 October 2005)
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Visually stunning epic drama.
14 September 2005 | by (Mississauga, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Based on the novel by Corrine Hofmann, this is the incredible true story of a woman from Switzerland who pursues and eventually marries a Masai warrior in Kenya.

The story itself is riveting, made more impressive and captivating as it is based in fact.

The film contains three languages - German, English, and Maa. But even with this mix of language, the subtitles (which were unfortunately quite poorly done) weren't even a real necessity as so much of the story is so clearly communicated without the need for language.

German director Hermine Huntgeburth expertly captured the beauty and culture of this part of the world.

This by far wasn't the 'biggest' gala presentation at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, but it left the fortunate audience captivated by the story and the visual beauty.

Definitely worth checking out.


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