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EXCLUSIVE Trailer: An Eye-Opening Trip in Malaria Documentary 'Tanzania: A Journey Within'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2014 at 1:29PM

TOH! has a trailer exclusive for new documentary "Tanzania: A Journey Within," which opens April 25 in New York in conjunction with World Malaria Day (and arrives May 2 in LA).
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'Tanzania: A Journey Within'
'Tanzania: A Journey Within'

TOH! has a trailer exclusive for new documentary "Tanzania: A Journey Within," which opens April 25 in New York in conjunction with World Malaria Day (and arrives May 2 in LA).

Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Caminer, the doc explores the journey of two friends -- one, a privileged American woman, and the other a Tanzanian scientist-philosopher as they travel across the African country of the title, with the goal of dedicating their time and efforts to malaria treatment and prevention.

A campaign is set up along with the release of the film, called "Buy a Ticket, Save a Life," with proceeds from each individual ticket sold going towards treatment of a child malaria patient in Africa.

Here's the official synopsis:

He's from a place so old it's been called the cradle of mankind. She's led a privileged life in America without hardship or pain. Together these two unlikely friends embark upon a journey from the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the depths of an AIDS ravaged village where even the smallest children become outcasts at the mere hint of the disease and malaria is an ever-present threat. 
As Venance and Kristen experience the ancient culture, heart-breaking poverty, and eternal spirituality of Venance's motherland, the ability of the Tanzanian people to love, dream, and persevere in the face of overwhelming hardship triggers a life-changing transformation in Kristen -- one that brings her face to face with her own mortality and will ultimately cause thousands of lives to be saved. "Tanzania: A Journey Within" is a dramatic, emotional, and visually stunning odyssey that will challenge and inspire you.

Kristen's trip, and bout with Malaria there, inspired her to create Malaika For Life – a business which sells bracelets made by Tanzanian women.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.