Bongoland II: There Is No Place Like Home (Tanzania: 2008)

Director

Josiah Kibira

Cast list

Peter Omari... Juma
Thecla Mjatta... Asia
Ahmed Olotu... Uncle
Shafii Abdul... Hamisi
Chemi Che-Mponda... Zaina
Sabrina Rupia... Naomi
Hamisi Abdallah... Kamanda
Hashim Kambi... Sepi

Credits

Producer... Josiah Kibira
Cinematography... Samuel Fischer
Film Editing... Lucas Langworthy
Casting... Gervas Kasiga

Synopsis

After returning to his native home of Bongoland, Juma attempts to adjust to life back where he started after unsuccessfully living in America for a period of time. However, he finds this increasingly difficult as he becomes more and more aware of the “poor” nature of his people and they way that they act. Juma constantly struggles with the question of whether or not his people are literally poor—short of cash--, or if they just accept the lifestyle of “poor” and are complacent with their “settle for less” lives. Throughout this, Juma comes to learn of several family secrets that change his perception of Bongoland forever.

Reviews

Ndesanjo Macha, “Tanzania: Review of Bongoland II.” Global Voices (contributing blog)

Academic Articles:

Thompson, Katrina Daly. (2008). "Preserving East African Knowledge Through Swahili Moves: An Interview with Josiah Kibira". Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, 34(1-2).

Dill, Brian. "Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Norms of Participation in Tanzania: Working against the Grain." African Studies Review, 53, pp 23-48. 2010.

Salazar, Noel. "Tanzanian Migration Imaginaries." Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre. International Migration Institute. Web.