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

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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death | fear | patient | hospital | past | See All (113) »

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

Gris-Gris Films

Country:

Tanzania | USA

Language:

Swahili | English

Release Date:

18 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bagamoyo, Tanzania See more »

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Technical Specs

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(Pan African Film and Arts Festival)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Director Martin Mhando and several other cast and crew became ill with malaria while filming in Bagamoyo. 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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A doctor from America must discover the secret of a mysterious woman in an African mental hospital.
6 June 2003 | by Rick MartinSee 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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