“Sheer brilliance knits together first Ethiopian film at Cannes.” –The Guardian
Dir. Yared Zeleke. 2015, 94 mins. Digital projection. In Amharic with English subtitles. With Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa. Yared Zeleke’s remarkable first feature tells the story of young Ephraim, a boy sent by his father to live with relatives in the Ethiopian countryside after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his culinary skills to make food for the family and sell samosas at the local market, but his stern uncle considers cooking too feminine and makes Ephraim work harder in the field. Lamb is a rare film that shines through its subtle use of cultural details like a traditional coffee ceremony, injera bread serving, Amharic pop music playing on the radio, and performances from professional and non-professional actors. Recommended for ages 8+.
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