The 90-minute film is set in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, in the country’s southwestern region, where some tribes are known to kill children believed to be cursed, in fear that they will bring death, disease and drought to the tribe. Omo Child centers on Lale Labuko of the Kara tribe, who is looking to end the ‘Mingi’ practice among his people.
The doc premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in the spring, where it was among the 10 finalists for the Toronto fest’s Audience Award. It also picked up the Golden Strands Award at the Wichita, Kansas-set Tallgrass International Film Festival.
Journeyman in August revealed it was in the process of acquiring about 75% of titles from Mercury Media International’s library, following the liquidation of the latter UK indie distributor. The company’s slate includes such docs as Finders Keepers, Bounce: How the Ball taught the World to Play and Evolution of a Criminal.