When a drought ravages his rural Ethiopian homeland, young Ephraim and his pet ewe struggle to adjust to a displaced life amongst distant relatives. What was once cherished becomes forbidden, as his uncle prohibits him from doing “women’s work,” forcing him to practice his passion for cooking in secret, aided by the family’s three generations of strong-willed women. When he’s told he has to sacrifice his ewe for the next religious holiday, Ephraim must do anything in his power to save his only friend and return home. Visually sumptuous, Lamb sensitively explores how environmental desolation disrupts the fabric of society.


Directed by Yared Zeleke and produced by Ama Ampadu, Laurent Lavolé, and Johannes Rexin.


2015 US, ET 94 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Narrative
Topic: Energy & Resources, Global Perspectives