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Omo Child: The River and the Bush (2015)

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For many generations people in the Omo Valley (tribal southwest Ethiopia) believed some children are cursed and that these 'cursed' children bring disease, drought and death to the tribe. ... See full summary »

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For many generations people in the Omo Valley (tribal southwest Ethiopia) believed some children are cursed and that these 'cursed' children bring disease, drought and death to the tribe. The curse is called 'mingi' and mingi children are killed. Lale Labuko, a young educated man from the Kara tribe was 15 years old when he saw a child in his village killed and also learned that he had 2 older sisters he never knew who had been killed. He decided one day he would stop this horrific practice. Filmed over a five year period we follow Lale's journey along with the people of his tribe as they attempt to change an ancient practice.

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Incredibly moving and well made
5 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

After watching this film at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2015, I was left absolutely dumbfounded by the incredible story told by this film. A rare look into a culture unknown to the world was a wonder to behold but to find out the truth about mingi was incredibly emotional. I thought the filmmakers did a great job to not rely on shock value and instead focused on telling an interesting and heart-wrenching story.

After the screening the filmmakers were kind enough to field our questions and stayed long after the scheduled time to speak with anyone who wanted to learn more. These are genuinely good people that are genuinely great filmmakers and I can't recommend Omo Child enough!


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