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The White Massai (Die weisse Massai) (2005) [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: German, Swahili
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7G9II
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,944 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2009
This movie was made after the success of the book written, with similar name, by Corinne Hofmann in 2005. A German-Swiss tourist goes to Mombasa in Kenya for holiday with her boy friend. She sees an attractive Samburu warrior and falls in love at first sight. Her boy friend has to return home himself. After meeting the warrior again in night clubs, Carola(Corinne) wants to live with Lemalian. He disappears to Samburu, in the north of Kenya and carola follows him.
After meeting him in Samburu, she tries to live in the village and their customs. She gets married and has a baby girl. Things get complicated and she decides to leave Kenya for home. The movie was made in German, English and Swahili and well directed by Hermine Huntgeburth, with excellent acting by Nina Hoss and Jacky Ido. The beautiful Kenyan countryside is filmed by Martin Langer. There is also nice background music by Niki Reiser.
Read Corinne Hofmann's Books:-
(1) White Masai (2005)
(2) Reunion in Barsaloi (2006)
(3) Back from Africa (2007)
Read another book with similar theme:-
White Mischief by Cheryl Mason (1995)
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading these books and watching this DVD.
Read, watch and ENJOY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 27 Oct. 2013
An interesting German film, based on a true story, about one Carola, a Swiss woman touring Kenya with her boyfriend who is suddenly smitten by a tall, slender Masai tribesman named Lemalian. She astonishes her fiancé by deciding to stay in Kenya and look for Lemalian. Eventually, she founds him among his people, living off the land as subsistence farmers, and decides to settle with him despite the obvious hardship of living there, especially for someone coming from the highly developed world. They eventually marry and they have a daughter but the obvious cultural differences take a toll in their relationship.

It might be hard to enjoy this movie if you expect the main character to be likable. As portrayed in the movie, Carola is quite immature: she is initially smitten by Lemalian when they dance sensually in a club. Clearly, the only reason she was attracted to him initially was purely sexual. At times, she looks both naive and arrogant: one has the sense that if she has decided to live among the Masai she should have to be more accommodating to Masai cultural mores. For instance, she is completely outraged when one of the girls in the tribe is circumcised as if she had never heard about this widespread costume before. When they open a shop that sells basic stuff to the tribe she arouses his jealousy by smiling to the male customers. And in the shop she also refuses to give credit to anyone, despite the wishes of her husband, ignoring a tribe's intricate kin relations. Lemalian's motivations are not very well explained in the movie, he is something of a blank, he doesn't understand why his wife cannot be more accommodating to Masai culture, and at the end one fells a bit of a pity to him (though not one forced him to marry Carola).

Overall I found this film to be very interesting and entertaining. A very nice photography that shows both the pretty and seamy side of Kenya helps the movie a lot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Coulon on 11 Jan. 2013
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The DVD was delivered much sooner than promised. We have not read the book and therefore are unable to compare book and movie, however, as a stand alone, the movie is excellent. The movie uses German for the main character, but also uses English and Swahili where appropriate, and this adds to realism. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sharon on 14 May 2014
No concerns very pleased, packaged well, good film, I read the book and wanted to see the film. Would recommend
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