Each year, when the dry season arrives in Oromia (Ethiopia), the Borana herders gather with their livestock around their ancient “singing” wells. With a sensitive approach and evocative photography, the film follows their life during a major drought, showing a unique water management system that permits them to survive with the little available water. In a dry land of astonishing beauty, during the long periods of annual drought, the Borana life revolves around ancient perpetual wells, the only resource against the tragic effects of global climate change. Directed by Paolo Barberi, Mario Michelini and Riccardo Russo.

The Well: Voices From Ethiopia

2011 US 55 min
Festival Year: 2012
Topic: Energy & Resources, Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living