This unique film tells the story of one of Africa’s most isolated tribes—the Mursi—through the eyes of one its members, Olisarali Olibui, who carries in one hand a Kalashnikov and in the other, a camera. An Ethiopian pastoralist tribe, the Mursi are beset by potential threats from other tribes, national park proposals, and the arrival of a new road bringing tourists. The film provides a compelling and at times disturbing insight into everyday life of a people whose culture, in the words of Olisarali, faces extinction. Co-presented with Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
Zelalem Woldemariam Ezare, 2010, Ethiopia; 14m
Lezare (aka For Today) is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. A powerful message, and beautifully shot film, about global warming, shortsightedness, and the dangers posed for future generations when we think only for today.