The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Best of the Fest Documentaries - Omo Child: The River and the Bush
6pm - Omo Child: The River and the Bush
Directed by John Rowe
For many generations, the Kara people of the Omo Valley (southwest Ethiopia) believed some cursed children bring disease, drought and death to the tribe. The curse is called mingi. The tribal response is to kill the Mingi. One young, educated Kara man, Lale Labuko, decided he would challenge this horrific tradition. This is his story. Omo Child is the result of five years of filming. It follows Lale and the Kara tribes journey as they attempt to change an ancient practice. Immensely powerful and an utterly redemptive story, Omo Child represents the dedication of its director, John Rowe, to bring an important issue to light.
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