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
Status: In Production