About the Program
At the age of fifteen, Kara native Lale Labuko learns of mingi. This traditional belief held by the Kara tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia demands that certain individuals—whether those born out of wedlock, or whose top teeth grow in before their bottom teeth, or who are born a twin—are “cursed” and should be killed.
Lale not only strives to save these children’s lives by adopting them as his own, he also attempts to reconcile with Kara elders to end the practice in order to 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. Directed by John Rowe. (Ethiopia, 2015, 89 min. No MPAA rating. In English, Kara, and Amharic with English subtitles.)
Winner of the SIMA 2016 Jury Prize for Ethos.
A Q&A with director John Rowe and cinematographer Tyler Rowe, moderated by David Craig (judge for SIMA and Clinical Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism), follows the screening.