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'Lamb': a rare Ethiopian gem


'Lamb': a rare Ethiopian gem

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‘Lamb’ is a tender and beautifully shot debut feature by young Ethiopian director Yared Zeleke.

Ephraim has recently lost his mother. He lives in a drought-ridden village in Ethiopia. One day, his father takes him to stay with cousins in the mountains while he goes to look for work in Addis Ababa. When Ephraim’s uncle decides to slaughter his only friend, his lamb Chuni, the boy makes up his mind to leave.

‘Lamb’ is the first ever Ethiopian film to be presented in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section. It is an impressive first feature, beautifully crafted and well acted.

Ethiopia’s breathtaking landscapes are shot with impeccable artistry by Canada’s Josée Deshaies, with the camera drinking in everything from Chuni’s rust-colored fur to the rolling green hills and the family scenes unfolding inside the village hut.

With this very promising debut feature, the director offers here an insider’s view of a way of life rarely explored on film, paying tribute to his homeland’s rich landscape and culture. I hope you enjoy it, see you soon.

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