Film Info: Weisse Massai, Die

White Masai, The (Weisse Massai, Die)

White Masai, The
Scene from "The White Masai" (photo © Constantin Film Verleih GmbH)

A beautiful love story about a white woman who gives up everything to share her life with a black Masai warrior in the Kenyian bush land.

Together with her husband, Corinne planned to spend two weeks on the white beaches of Kenya. But when she meets Lketinga, a Masai warrior in his traditional costume, hairstyle and hand-made jewellery, she splits up with her husband and decides to stay with Lketinga for good. The young woman overcomes all bureaucratic obstacles and marries the illiterate man. Although they can hardly communicate, the formerly successful Swiss business woman and the Masai warrior live in the bush with his tribe. Although she suffers from hepatitis and malaria, Corinne tries to adapt to the new conditions of life. She buys a car and runs a grocery store in order to make life a little easier for the people in the bush. And she gives birth to a daughter, but Corinne's and Lketinga's relationship becomes increasingly difficult. Her husband is extremely jealous; he becomes aggressive, humiliates her and watches over every step she takes. Corinne finally understands that their great love has died. Her instinct for self preservation becomes stronger than her feelings for Lketinga: Together with her daughter she leaves for a vacation in Switzerland, never to come back...


Hermine Huntgeburth studied Film at the Hamburg Hochschule für Bildende Künste and in Sydney/Australia. After working on several short and documentary films, she was awarded the German Film Award for Best Newcomer Director in 1991 for her directorial feature film debut IM KREIS DER LIEBEN, followed by such award-winning television films as EIN FALSCHER SCHRITT (1994), GEFÄHRLICHE FREUNDIN (1996), UND ALLES WEGEN MAMA (1998), DER HAHN IST TOT (1999), DIE STUNDE DES WOLFS (1999), ROMEO (2001), EVA BLOND UND DER ZWERG IM SCHLIESSFACH (2003), DER BOXER UND DIE FRISEUSE (2004), and the two-part TV series TEUFELSBRATEN (2007). Among her feature film credits are popular hits such as TRIO (1998), BIBI BLOCKSBERG (2002), THE WHITE MASAI (2005), EFFI BRIEST (2009), TOM SAWYER (2011), and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay Johannes W. Betz
Cinematography Martin Langer
Eva Schnare
Niki Reiser
Susann Bieling, Uwe Szielasko
Cast Nina Hoss, Jacky Ido, Katja Flint, Nino Prester, Janek Rieke
Producer Günter Rohrbach
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion/Munich
Length 132 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Toronto 2005 (Gala), Berlin 2006 (German Cinema), Bangkok 2006 (In Competition), Mar del Plata 2006, Rwanda 2006, Singapore 2006, Flying Broom Ankara 2006, Shanghai 2006, Karlovy Vary 2006, New Zealand IFF 2006, Rio 2006, Kolkata 2006
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2005 (Best Actress: Nina Hoss)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih/Munich
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