Thangata (verb) A chinyanja term that means to help; to assist
Thangata (noun) A system of forced labor in tobacco and other cash crops imposed by British colonialists in Malawi
Thangata (today) A system of debt slavery in Malawi and other tobacco growing countries that produces profits for Philip Morris (a.k.a. Altria) and other cigarette manufacturers
Thangata (2002): a video about tobacco farm workers in Malawi and US-based cigarette manufacturers and leaf buying companies. Human rights violations and local efforts to increase the dignity and wellness of farm workers are discussed in the video.
Marty Otañez and Michelle Otañez, co-producers.
Marty is an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado, Denver, clas.ucdenver.edu/anthropology