Traumatized after seeing her father die through insufficient health care, Saïkati trains as a nurse. She dreams of working with the bush doctors who fly to treat emergencies. Back in the village, however, her relatives try to marry her off to a man she doesn’t love. She refuses, and goes back to the town where she has to contend with adversity, and triumphs, escaping the clutches of a womanizer she naïvely falls for, and from a trap laid by some jealous colleagues. Saïkati is a modern character, therefore, a real cowboy film hero who affirms herself and who takes her destiny in hand. Always constant, and exemplary in all respects, she frees herself from obsolete traditional customs, and resists all sorts of waywardness. Up to here, little else can be said, the film so clearly displaying its pedagogical intent. The Nairobi public did not go half measures in plebisciting it. The overly academic image, the folkloric nature of the bush scenes, and the mountains of good intent unfortunately make this touristy-sanitary journey inexportable, however.
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