BY MARTHE VAN DER WOLF
Cinematographer Yared Zeleke is making Ethiopia proud. The movie Lamb – both written and directed by Yared – is the first Ethiopian film to have ever been selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
Lamb is the first feature film for 37-year old Yared, who studied at New York University’s film school. The world premiere was held on Thursday night in Ethiopia’s National Theatre in capital city Addis Ababa. The story is about a 9-year-old boy who loses his mother due to drought. His father decides to find work in the city and leaves him with relatives. The Guardian has described the film as an “ethnographic film made entirely from the inside out.” Africa Is A Country caught up with Zeleke in Addis Ababa after the premiere.