Nani Kama Mama

A Film by Judith Albrecht


Nani Kama Mama (No one like mother) is a movie about poverty, self responsibility and street justice in Tanzania. The young man Pesambili lives with his mother in poverty. When his mother becomes seriously ill, Pesambili leaves his village to seek for money for the life save medicine. On his Journey to a little harbor town he meets a storyteller on the marketplace, who tells the children in the neighborhood an old tanzanian fairytale. Passing by and listening to the story of a King, a monster and a little boy Pesambili makes a fateful decision.


  • Picture of Judith Albrecht © Judith Albrecht

    Judith Albrecht

    Judith Albrecht works as a social anthropologist and documentary filmmaker in Berlin. Her main fields of interest, over the last 9 years, were questions of migration, memory and gender. Her main research field became Iran and Tanzania. She wrote her PhD about „transnational relations of Iranian women (Teheran, Los Angeles, Berlin)“ and teaches at Freie Universität Berlin. She was one of the founders of the AG „Deutsch im Asyl“ for asylum seekers in Germany and is executive manager of the MEMOS society – Rememberance of crises and conflicts.
    NANI KAMA MAMA has been a community project at the College of Performing Arts in Tanzania. The film is the result of the workshop "Oral History and Film". The screenplay was developed by the students together with Judith Albrecht as their workshop leader and director. It is the first film that was implemented in the history of the college with students there.

Awards + Festivals

  • 19th ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zanzibar, Tansania)July 9, 2017
  • 6th SLUM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)October 2, 2017
  • I FILMMAKER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Malaga, Spain)February 20, 2018
  • 19th BUNTER HUND - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)March 8, 2018
  • 4th ANNUAL NASSAU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Princeton, NJ, USA)May 17, 2018


Irina Yilmaz, Diana Wintrich
Judith Albrecht
Director of Photography
Thomas Rotsching, Harald Geil
Respickius Kagaluki, Robert Mpeka
Mayer Anja
Sound Design
Sven Brakelmann
Phillipo Nandenga, Leya Kassaja, Jens Fischer


Running Time
12 mins
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)



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Judith Albrecht