GRIS-GRIS FILMS was formed in 1994 as an independent production company dedicated to producing films whose subject matter and message tap the highest aspiration of the creative impulse. GRIS-GRIS FILMS explores themes of timeless appeal and reaches beyond parameters of culture, religion and creed. Viewers of GRIS-GRIS FILMS regardless of their location, language or cultural background share a desire to witness film art that celebrates the courage of the human spirit.
MAANGAMIZI – THE ANCIENT ONE represents the first creative feature project under the Gris-Gris Films banner and brought together an international cast and crew. The creation of MAANGAMIZI – THE ANCIENT ONE is the result of the collaborative vision of the filmmaking team of Ron Mulvihill, and Martin Mhando (directors/producers); Queenae Taylor Mulvihill (producer/screenwriter); and composer/musician Cyril Neville. Additionally, the support of Jonathan Demme, as Executive Producer has been essential. This unique story unites three distinctive cultures which form a drama striking in its universality. Currently Gris-Gris Films is distributing three films, Maangamizi, The Marriage of Mariamu and Sharing is Unity.
Summoned to the majestic heights of Kilimanjaro, two women –one African, one American– are led by an ancient and mysterious ancestor on a primal journey of spiritual awakening.
MAANGAMIZI – THE ANCIENT ONE is a story about three women; a doctor, her patient and the ancient and mysterious ancestor who brings them together. It is a tale of healing through love, compassion and forgiveness. It is the spiritual journey of the soul. It is a story that seeks to reclaim the connection between Africa and her Diaspora. It is a story that dares to represent the histories of two continents as it peels away layers upon layers of pain and ultimately brings healing of the soul.