OMO Child

One man's journey to bring about a progressive cultural shift that will end the killing of children in the Omo Valley

OMO Child In Ethiopia's Omo valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as 'mingi'. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn't easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem. This clever film will stay with you long after you watch it.


Laurel Top Ten Audience Favourite - Hot Docs 2015
Laurel Winner - Palm Beach International Film Festival 2015
Laurel Winner, Best Documentary - Charleston International Film Festival 2015
Laurel Special Recognition, One in a Million Documentary - Sun Valley Int. Film Festival 2015
Laurel Winner, Best Cinematography - Tallgrass Film Festival 2015
Laurel Winner, Best Documentary - Washington DC Independent Film festival 2015
Laurel Winner, Award of Excellence - The IndieFEST 2015
Laurel Winner, Best Feature Film - Ottawa International Film Festival 2015
Laurel Official Selection - New Hampshire Film Festival 2015

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The Producers

John Rowe is a photographer and filmmaker who first trained at the US Navy School of Photography when he was 18-years-old. He has spent many years travelling the world photographing some of its most intriguing people and cultures. His love for people and their cultures led him to Southwest Ethiopia and the tribes of the Omo Valley in 2004 and he has since been documenting the life and struggles of the tribal people in the Omo Valley. Together with Lale, the documentary's protagonist, he formed the Omo Child foundation to care for rescued Mingi children.

Making The Film

Filmed over a five-year period, Omo Child is filled with remarkable imagery that presents an intimate look at the lives of the tribal people of the Omo Valley. National Geographic calls this region “Africa’s last frontier,” their only contact with the outside world came less than a generation ago. This is the first time their voices and their story will be heard. John Rowe (director/ producer) is one of the world’s leading experts on this region. He first began developing deep personal relationships with this population over a decade ago during his photography trips in which he captured the beauty and humanity of this fascinating community. Omo Child culminates on Lale Labuko’s incredible journey to save the lives of forty-five children who would have been victims of ritualistic infanticide. This film ultimately celebrates these babies lives, unthreatened by curses and superstition. From Lale Labuko’s story, we glean a universal message; one inspiring and tenacious individual can make dramatic changes in a society.

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