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Nyumbani

Nyumbani or ‘Home’. Noun. Place of Origin. The place where a person feels they belong.

NYUMBANI is a feature documentary investigating a medical research and architecture project and whether a healthier home can reduce the risk of malaria for future generations in rural Tanzania.

In 55 villages in the Mtwara district of Southern Tanzania, 110 new homes are being built unlike anything the locals have ever seen. In each village, 2 families are chosen at random in a lottery and they will soon be moving into their new home, and for the next 4 years take part in a medical research project led by a team of Tanzanian specialists.

NYUMBANI follows the lives of two main characters named Salum: Salum from the city of Dar Es Salaam leading the team of researchers, and Salum the father of the winning family a former chief of a village in Mtwara district. Through their stories we understand the complexities of undertaking research in rural araes, the diversity of what home means, and whether a healthier home can in fact save lives.

Directed by: Isla Badenoch & Matthew Somerville

Production: Sava Films Ltd

In collaboration with Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Ingtvartsen and CSK.

Status: In Production

Father and son see what their new home will look like for the first time - a 2-storey LGS steel-framed house - unlike their own mud hut. But will they like living in it? And can it reduce the risk of malaria?

Father and son see what their new home will look like for the first time - a 2-storey LGS steel-framed house - unlike their own mud hut. But will they like living in it? And can it reduce the risk of malaria?

A prototype house in the making, designed by Ingvartsen Architects (DK).

A prototype house in the making, designed by Ingvartsen Architects (DK).

Salum, the lead researcher from CSK Research Solutions and his daughter getting ready for the long drive from Dar Es Salaam to the villages in Mtwara.

Salum, the lead researcher from CSK Research Solutions and his daughter getting ready for the long drive from Dar Es Salaam to the villages in Mtwara.