Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Omo Child: The River and the Bush

Year: 2015
Country: ETHIOPIA, USA
Run Time: 89 minutes

Omo Child: The River and the Bush
Omo Child: The River and the Bush
Omo Child: The River and the Bush
Omo Child: The River and the Bush

Since the dawn of time, the Kara people of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley have herded cattle and goats. The Kara believe some newborn babies are cursed and will bring misfortune to the tribe. This curse, called “mingi,” has led them to kill countless children, drowning them in the river or leaving them in the bush. Lale Labuko is the first member of the tribe to be educated. He returns to the village, determined to change traditions and stop the killing. Exhibiting infinite patience and considerable bravery, Lale persuades his people to let him take in the rejected little ones. He founds Omo Child, a home for unwanted children of the valley. The time seems ripe for change. Thanks to Lale’s efforts, tribal elders, young parents, and educated outsiders try to find a way to help the Kara acknowledge their past while working toward a better future. OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH is a beautiful film that speaks through vibrant images. (In English and the Kara tribal language with subtitles). – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:45 PM -
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Sidebar
African Diaspora

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


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Director
John Rowe

John Rowe is a photographer and filmmaker who first trained at the U.S. Navy School of Photography when he was 18. He has founded companies that develop software and digital media for the entertainment industry. Rowe formed Omo Child with Lale Labuko to care for rescued mingi children.

Filmography
OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH (2015)

Producers
John Rowe, Tyler Rowe

Cinematography
Tyler Rowe

Editing
Matt Skow

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