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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Becoming a Man Among the Borana

The Becoming a Man series depicts the transition from youth to adulthood for males in various cultures, illustrating the trials and triumphs each boy finds in their respective journeys. This installment tells the story of Wario, a 12-year-old member of the Ethiopian Borana tribe.
September 30, 2009


The Becoming a Man series depicts the transition from youth to adulthood for males in various cultures, illustrating the trials and triumphs each boy finds in their respective journeys. This installment tells the story of Wario, a 12-year-old member of the Ethiopian Borana tribe. His journey to manhood will see him accompany his elders in search of ‘white gold,’ or salt. Cameras follow the tribe as they visit a salt-bearing volcano dubbed ‘the mouth of the devil,’ as well as ‘the singing wells,’ where salt laborers form a 30-foot chain as they descend into the wells singing to retrieve water for their travels. It’s a stunning look into the nomadic lives of the tribe, placing us squarely in the middle of the sweeping, seemingly endless deserts the Borana traverse.

Partners: ZED (Paris) with the participation of France 5 / TV5 Monde / TFO / TV Catalunya / ETB / RTP / ERT / HD Suisse / ServusTV
Airing: September 2009 (France 5)
Length: 1 x 52 mins
HD
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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