Omo Child: The River and the Bush full movie review - Riveting documentary
This is a riveting movie which demonstrates how one man's passion and commitment can create great change in a community. I saw this movie at the Cleveland International Film Festival and was blown away.
This documentary introduces us to an ancient ritual practice in an African tribe in which children suffering from a curse called "mingi" are killed to ensure the village does not suffer an adverse fate. Lale Labuko is a young tribesman whose father takes the extraordinary step of sending his son out of the village to get educated, contrary to the wishes of the tribal elders. Upon graduation, Lale pursues the ambitious goal of eliminating these ritualistic killings from his own and neighboring villages. This film documents his efforts, including its trials and tribulations, and is a compelling and incredibly thought-provoking account of the steps he and others have taken to save and create a future for these condemned children. I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in learning about other cultures or how they can effect change in their community.