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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 »

Writers:

Corinne Hofmann (novel), Johannes W. Betz (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Carola Mamutelil geb. Lehmann
Jacky Ido ... Lemalian Mamutelil
Katja Flint Katja Flint ... Elisabeth
Antonio Prester Antonio Prester ... Pater Bernardo (as Nino Prester)
Janek Rieke ... Stefan
Helen Namaso Lenamarken Helen Namaso Lenamarken ... Lemalians Mama
Nicolas Sironka Nicolas Sironka ... Mini-Chief
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ... Asma (as Damaris Agweyu)
Barbara M. Ahren Barbara M. Ahren ... Carolas Mutter (as Barbara Magdalena Ahren)
Robert Dölle ... Frank
Barbara Herschbach Barbara Herschbach ... Jenny
Morgan Lematampash Morgan Lematampash ... Tom
Kiriniyaga Lenamatiyo Kiriniyaga Lenamatiyo ... John
Christine Namkuny Christine Namkuny ... Saguna
John Erick 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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Constantin Film [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Swahili | English

Release Date:

15 September 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Den vita massajen See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,083,857 (Germany), 16 September 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Fantastic scenery and interesting depiction of how we in the "western civilized" world impose our ways upon others
17 September 2005 | by bak_europeSee all my reviews

Although I did not read the book, I saw the film tonight at the German cinema (with a mix of subtitles). Having been to SOuth Africa myself, I recognized the land and endless horizon (some was filmed in SA, as well as Kenya itself).

The film leaves you with the feeling that you are not sure why this woman wanted to even stay in Kenya with this man, despite "hardships" of no showers, no electricity, no amenities as we know. It was her loves to this man from a totally different culture, a warrior, that made her decide to live in such a God-forsaken place, so far from her former reality. This Swiss woman, who had owned a shop in Switzerland, sold her store, and then after some time, thought she could best help her new husband's people by opening a shop herself and selling wares to the people in the surrounding areas. However, she really had no feeling for what her husband was going through, losing face for having his wife work, as well as being able to drive a car (which he thought was so easy to learn until he ran the jeep against the tree). One can at times sees that she is not very sensitive to the cultural issues regarding tribal life and position, and this makes this relationship quite tense. On the other hand, one can see that the African man makes quite a bit of effort to understand her and ease her way into his world, even though he is not so aware of her upbringing and needs.

Perhaps reading the book would give more insight to their other trials and tribulations. However, I will have to say that I will now read the book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It makes one think if two people from diverse cultures ever have a chance of survival. On the other hand...........what is diversity.


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