Maangamizi: The Ancient One (Tanzania: 2001)

Director

Martin Mhando, Ron Mulvihill

Cast list

Barbarao... Evodia Ndonde
Amandina Lihamba... Ummie Mahfouda Alley
Samahani Kejeri... Zainabu Bafadhili
Waigwa Wachira... Janet Fabian
Chemi Che-Mponda... Stumai Halili
Mwanayuma Ali Hassan... Mgeni
Kisaka A. Kisaka... Thecla Mjatta
Adam Mwamble... Mona Mwakalinga
Mary Chibwana

Credits

Producers: 
Mary Joan Cunning
Steve Shareshian
Leonard Merrill Kurz
Dave Rosshirt
Fatma Alloo
Kelly Askew
Marc Leveri
Queenae Taylor Mulvihill
John Roper
Casta Tungaraza

Synopsis

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 connected 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.