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Going Bongo (2015)

A newly recruited American doctor "mistakenly" volunteers to work in Africa for a month.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Napoleon ... Dr.Lewis Burger
Emanuela Galliussi ... Laura Carmenucci
Ashley Olds ... Marina Kezerian
Nyokabi Gethaiga ... Tina
MacDonald Haule MacDonald Haule ... Bahame
Mariam Peter Mariam Peter ... Zola Mwandenga
Evance Bukuku Evance Bukuku ... Kaligo
Gabriel Jarret ... Brian Kaufman
Jeff Joslin ... Perry Weiss
Betty Kazimbaya Betty Kazimbaya ... Mama Mwandenga
Ahmed Olotu Ahmed Olotu ... Yazidi
Robert Sisko ... Dr.Eliot Lerner
Richard Halverson ... Cyril Flaws
Maiz Lucero ... Dr. Trout
Sauda Simba Sauda Simba ... Rose


A newly recruited American doctor "mistakenly" volunteers to work in Africa for a month.

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An American doctor mistakenly volunteers to go to Africa for one month


Comedy | Drama



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Tanzania | USA



Release Date:

4 June 2015 (UK) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Inspirational Drama, You'll enjoy every minute
13 June 2015 | by djprice-24081See all my reviews

This is a truly inspirational film. It's an enjoyable drama with some highly comical scenes. The film is the story of Dr Burger, played by Ernest Napoleon, who is coerced by his girlfriend, played by the gorgeous Ashley Olds, into signing up for a month's work in a third world hospital.

The drama then takes us to this foreign, uncomfortable world of Dar es Salaam. The films title, Going Bongo means going to Bongo, the nickname for Dar es Salaam. Perhaps more crucially for the plot, "Ubongo" means "Brain" in Swahili hence the double meaning of Going Bongo.

The visual imagery and soundtrack are fascinating, not since I saw Leonardo Dicaprio in the film The Beach, have I had this uncomfortable feeling of being in a foreign, almost alien world.

The film is based upon a true story of a French doctor, that left Europe to test his medical skills in Africa. The film was shot inside a real hospital in Tanzania, which provides a realism that would have been difficult to create in a studio. I just love the piles of printed hospital notes, that you wouldn't see in a modern, computer based medical facility.

We then meet the lovely Laura, a local doctor played by Emanuela Galliussi. We also meet the leading Kenyan actress Nyokabi Gethaiga.

There is some really appealing authentic music, that adds to the mood and enjoyment throughout.

I'm sure that after watching Going Bongo, you'll be left with many compelling reasons to love the film and to fall in love with Tanzania.

It's a great film, I enjoyed every minute, and I'm sure you will too.

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