Yared Zeleke’s remarkable feature debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home.
Drawing amazing performances from his cast of professional and non-professional actors, first time filmmaker Yared Zeleke tells his deceptively simple story with a refreshing honesty and naturalness. Beautifully shot against the majestic backdrop of Ethiopia's southern mountains, LAMB is an affecting tale about what people will risk in order to take charge of their own destinies.
LAMB is the first film from Ethiopia to be included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Highly praised in Cannes and Toronto, the film has enjoyed international press attention in the Daily Monitor in Ethiopia, the New York Times, the Guardian, as well as coverage on BBC, CNN, and other media outlets.
"Sheer brilliance!" —The Guardian
Un certain regard, 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Contemporary World Cinema, 2015 Toronto Film Festival
Winner Feature Film Competition, Milano Film Festival
Winner Special Jury Prize (Krzysztof Kieslowski Award) for Yared Zeleke, 2016 Denver Film Festival
Ethiopian Entry, 2016 Academy Awards
Official Selection, New York Jewish Film Festival
Best Director and Best First Feature Narrative, Pan African Film Festival
"BEAUTIFUL! [LAMB] is a delicately satisfying drama with coming-of-age elements, deeply sympathetic to its characters and very much attuned to the landscape around them." —Variety
"Beautifully crafted." —The Hollywood Reporter
"Filled with local color and spectacular landscapes." —Screen Daily