By John Rowe
Join NAAM as we continue our Black and Abroad programming with our AfroPop Film Series in collaboration with the National Black Programming Consortium. We are excited to screen our third film from the series, Omo Child: The River and the Bush by John Rowe.
Omo Child: The River and The Bush tells the amazing true story of one man’s journey to bring about a progressive cultural shift that will save children’s lives. Lale Labuko, born and raised in the Kara tribe in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia, learns of “mingi” at age 15. Children born out of wedlock, or whose top teeth grow in before their bottom teeth, or even those who are born a twin, are killed by virtue of this ancient tradition that deems them “mingi,” or cursed. Lale strives to not only save these children’s lives but to also lift the “burden” from the shoulder’s of the Kara people; he adopts these children as his own. Lale attempts to reconcile with Kara elders to end this tradition forever to ultimately protect the longevity of his people and his culture. 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.
NAAM Black and Abroad: AfroPoP Film Series
The AfroPop film series is part of our Black and Abroad programming that highlights the stories of African Americans living, traveling, schooling and working abroad. The film series will take place every first Thursday from July through November, 2017.
The film series is brought to you in collaboration between the Northwest African American Museum and The National Black Programming Consortium and is aligned with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this NAAM Black and Abroad: AfroPop Film Series do not necessarily represent those of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.”