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Past and Present clash in “The medicine Man”

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: January 13, 2022  

The Kenyan government has mulled over the adaptation of indigenous medicine practices for mainstream health care in Kenya for years.

In the film The Medicine Man’, Kenya’s first feature film in Kiembu (with English subtitles), A village is grappling with a mysterious disease and curse and it’s up to a doctor with a  contemporary education in Western medicine to figure out how to incorporate the sacred knowledge of his ancestors to his practice in order to save his people.

Produced by the indomitable Zippy Okoth, ‘The Medicine Man’ explores the clash between the past and the present and the valiant efforts of the people to secure a future for themselves.

It also brings to the fore the urgent need of our government to explore the possibilities of indigenous medicine and health care in a country struggling with wellness.

Now showing at Unseen Nairobi. Get your tickets on KenyaBuzz.

 

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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