Film – Maganga (1960)

In 1960 the pharmaceutical firm Warner-Chilcott released Maganga (Jungle Doctors), an obscure documentary produced by “Tarzan” cinematographer Miki Carter that purported to show the development of ‘modern’ medicine in Africa as it replaced ‘old Africa’s’ reliance on superstition and witchdoctors. The film carries the patronising narration that one might expect, but the documentary is remarkable as an early compilation film made up of stock and original footage from African medical sites, images of East African notables such as renowned healer Kabwere from the Coast Province, and an extraordinary segment showing a Kenyan trepanation surgery – which serves as the key plot twist in the film. Dr Sloan Mahone (University of Oxford) will be introducing the screening.

Date:  Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue:  The Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street Building


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