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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 »


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

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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


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]




German | Swahili | English

Release Date:

15 September 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Den vita massajen See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office


€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cast and crew lived in tents among the Samburu during the entire shoot. They also studied their language and customs. See more »


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

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More than she bargained for
7 April 2007 | by bob998See all my reviews

The White Masai is a very handsome production that showcases excellent cinematography by Martin Langer and some fine performances by Nina Hoss and Katja Flint as two European women trying to cope with life in Kenya. Carola knows fairly early on that she has gotten into a situation that will call on all her emotional resources if she is to survive. Nina Hoss conveys her sudden attraction to Lemalian, followed by bruising experiences with female circumcision, a woman called bewitched who gives birth at the side of the road, a crooked "mini-chief" who craftily skims money off the receipts at her store, and other trials. She seeks help from Pater Bernardo the missionary, very skillfully played by Antonio Prester.

The story is engrossing but it is true, as another commenter noted, that you're never in doubt about the next plot turn. This film should be seen by all those who enjoyed The African Queen and Out of Africa; it has the same romantic appeal as those classics.

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