VSO film night: Omo Child
Join us for the first ever VSO film night, where we will be screening the award-winning Ethiopian documentary Omo Child: The River and the Bush. This thought provoking film is an amazing true story about one young man trying to change deep-seated traditions within his own tribe. It will be followed by a discussion led by panel of experts.
ABOUT VSO FILM NIGHT
The film tells the story of Lale Labuko, born and raised in the Kara tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, as he learns about the custom of 'mingi' - the killing of children who are deemed cursed. Lale strives to save these children’s lives, initially by adopting them but ultimately striving to convince the Kara elders to end this tradition forever. Filmed over a five year period, this documentary paints stunning portraits of Ethiopian landscapes as it follows Lale’s journey where he confronts his own death, negotiates deeply rooted superstition, and navigates the difficult position of leading a cultural movement.
After the screening, there will be an opportunity to discuss our reactions to the issues it raises - and how, in international development, we approach change within traditional cultures.
Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Venue: Rudolph Steiner House, London, NW1 6XT (nearest tube Baker Street)
Film: Released in 2015 | 89 min | Kara, Amharic and English language, with English subtitles.
Tickets cost £20 per person and include entrance to the film and discussion.
This is a fundraising event and all profits will go towards supporting VSO programmes.
The film is provided by SIMA.