GenreDrama ScreenplayQueenae Taylor Mulvihill LanguageSwahili, English
Ron Mulvihill WriterQueenae Taylor Mulvihill Release dateFebruary 18, 2001 DirectorsRon Mulvihill, Martin Mhando CastBarbara O. Jones, Chemi Che-Mponda, Mona Mwakalinga Similar moviesWhite Shadow (2013)
Maangamizi: The Ancient One is a 2001 American / Tanzanian drama film directed by Martin Mhando and Ron Mulvihill and executive produced by Jonathan Demme. It premiered at the Pan African Film Festival and has played in over 55 Film Festivals worldwide. It was the Tanzanian submission for the Academy Award for Best foreign language film, the first, and as of 2016, only, film to be submitted from that country, but was not nominated.
Dr. Asira is faced with the contrast between Western medicine and traditional East African spirituality when a woman, Samehe, who is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, claims to be under the care of Maangamizi, a mysterious ancestor / shaman.
Barbara O. Jones as Dr. Asira (as BarbaraO)
Amandina Lihamba as Samehe
Samahani Kejeri as Simba Mbili
Waigwa Wachira as Dr. Odhiambo
Ummie Mahfouda Alley as Patient
Zainabu Bafadhili as Young Samehe
Chemi Che-Mponda as Nurse Malika
Mary Chibwana as Patient
Janet Fabian as Sister Francis
Stumai Halili as Patient
Mwanajuma Ali Hassan as Bibi Maangamizi
Kisaka A. Kisaka as Reverend Waigwa
Mgeni as Young Asira
Thecla Mjatta as Zeinabu
Mona Mwakalinga as Mariamu
Adam Mwambile as Dr. Moshi
Evodia Ndonde as Patient
Maangamizi: The Ancient One won the Golden Dhow at the 1998 Zanzibar International Film Festival. It won the Paul Robeson Award for Best Feature at the Newark Black Film Festival.