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Maangamizi: The Ancient One
Institute of Contemporary Arts
February 2023
Side profile of a woman with an afro hairstyle, a longing and peaceful expression, against a gradient purple background
Maangamizi: The Ancient One, dir. Martin Mhando, Tanzania 2001, 112 min., Swahili with English subtitles, 15


An essential work of Tanzanian cinema, Maangamizi: The Ancient One explores the breadth of African consciousness and spiritual heritage, serving as a powerful meditation on the toll of displaced history. Collaboratively adapted by Martin Mhando and Ron Mulvihill from a story by Queenae Taylor Mulvihill, the film went virtually undistributed across Tanzania in the 2000s due to red tape, but is now seeing a second life following efforts by a local collective to circulate the film through informal and creative means – and screens here as part of Women’s Stories from the Global South (& To Whom They Belong), a season of features highlighting imbalances of power within film cultures.

Dr Asira (BarbaraO), an American doctor, travels to Tanzania for a residency at a psychiatric hospital. She meets Samehe (Amandina Lihamba), a patient whose complete silence and withdrawal troubles everyone she encounters – but through Asira’s healing methods, the women forge a connection that breaches the confines of time, faith and history.
 
08:40 pm
Wed, 26 Oct 2022
Cinema 1

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