Omo Child: The River and the Bush screening

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Date(s) - Jun 28
7:30 pm



Lale with rescued children-2.smr

Skirball Cultural Center presents Omo Child: At the age of fifteen, Lale Labuko, born and raised in the Kara tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, learns of mingi, the traditional belief that certain individuals—whether born out of wedlock, or whose top teeth grow in before their bottom teeth, or those who are born a twin—are “cursed” and should be killed. Lale not only strives to save these children’s lives by adopting them as his own, he also attempts to reconcile with Kara elders to end the practice in order to protect the longevity of his people and his culture. Filmed over a five-year period, this documentary paints stunning portraits of Ethiopian landscapes as it follows Lale’s journey where he confronts his own death, negotiates deeply rooted superstition, and navigates the difficult position of leading a cultural movement. Winner of the SIMA 2016 Ethos Jury Prize. Directed by John Rowe. (Ethiopia, 2015, 89 min. No MPAA rating. In English, Kara, and Amharic with English subtitles.)