Lamb (2015) - an Ethiopian boy and his pet sheep

Lamb is a 2015 Ethiopian drama film directed by Yared Zeleke

When 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.

It was screened in the Un Certain Regardsection 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.


London Film Festival 2015
Sutherland Award First Feature Competition (Nominee)
Yared Zeleke

Denver International Film Festival 2015
Special Jury Prize Krzysztof Kieslowski Award (Winner)
Yared Zeleke
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award Best Film (Nominee)
Yared Zeleke

Cannes Film Festival 2015
Golden Camera Yared Zeleke (Nominee)
Un Certain Regard Award Yared Zeleke

Black Reel Awards 2017
Black Reel Outstanding Foreign Language Film (Nominee)
Yared Zeleke
Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker
Yared Zeleke
Outstanding First Screenplay
Yared Zeleke

Amiens International Film Festival 2012
Screenplay Creation Fonds Yared Zeleke (Winner)

Adelaide Film Festival 2015
International Feature Award Best Feature (Nominee)
Yared Zeleke


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"