Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 8, 2016 5:15 PM
Rafael 2 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Yared Zeleke
Producer:Ama Ampadu
Screenwriter:Yared Zeleke
Cinematographer:Josée Deshaies
Editor:Véronique Bruque
Cast:Redial Amare
Kidist Siyum
Welela Assefa
Rahel Teshome
Print Source:KimStim
Note Writer:Deanna Quinones


From first frame to last, Lamb is a lovely piece of visual poetry. Tender and captivating, writer-director Yared Zeleke’s feature debut has already made its mark, honored as the first Ethiopian film ever named a Cannes Film Festival official selection. Lamb centers on Ephraim, a boy adjusting to life with distant relatives following his mother’s death. His one anchor to home is his beloved pet lamb, and Ephraim will fight off any threat to protect it—whether chomping the arm of a brutish market vendor or concocting a series of money-making schemes to save up for their getaway. The film’s quiet surface is tightly stretched over its characters’ tumultuous emotions that emerge in both fierce and gently humorous ways. As Ephraim’s journey brings him around to newfound connection and acceptance within his fractious family, so does this impressive debut bring a bright new talent’s work to our side of the world.

Guest in attendance 10/8 & 10/11: Yared Zeleke (director, writer)

There will be a ticketed reception following the 10/11 screening of the film at LaVier Latin Fusion with director Yared Zeleke in attendance.

Sponsored by:

In assoication with Museum of the African Diaspora

Additional Information

Yared Zeleke was born in Ethiopia in 1978. He studied cinema at New York University. He worked for a number of NGOs before embarking on a directing career. Yared has written, produced, directed and edited several short documentaries (Allula) and fiction shorts (Housewarming). He has also worked with the director Joshua Atesh Litle on the documentary The Furious Force of Rhymes. In Ethiopia, his native country, he has edited documentary films for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. In 2015, Yared completed his first feature-length movie, called Lamb, filmed on the high plateaux of Northern Ethiopia.