LAMB - Yared Zeleke's first film

When Ephraim, an Ethiopian boy moves in with distant relatives he takes his pet sheep with him but the upcoming holidays spell danger for his beloved friend. Ephraim is not very good at famring, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.

Lamb was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film FestivalIt was the first Ethiopian film to be included in the Official Selection.

Written by Yared Zeleke in collaboration with Géraldine Bajard.

Starring Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa

Cinematography by Josée Deshaies

Edited by Véronique Bruque

Ethiopia. 2015. 94 min. Colour. Amharic with English subtitles.

See reviews in

  • BBC News "An Ethiopian film, Lamb, is causing a stir at Cannes"
  • The Guardian "Sheer brilliance knits together first Ethiopian film at Cannes"
  • The Hollywood Reporter "Ethiopian filmmaker Yared Zeleke's first feature looks at a little boy who loves cooking much more than plowing the land"
  • Variety "Strong female characters and a sympathetic young protag distinguish Yared Zeleke’s debut feature"