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A documentary series directed by PERE HERMS and MARCEL BRAU
Coproduced by ABYSSINIA FILMS and DANAKIL PRODUCCIONS

"People of the Rift Valley” is a four chapter documentary series filmed entirely in Africa which shows the concerns and worries of different African people and their lifestyles, customs and traditions.

 
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CREW

DIRECTORS: MARCEL BRAU, PERE HERMS
SCRIPT, CINEMATOGRAPHY AND EDITING: PERE HERMS
ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR: MARINA SANS
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR: LLUÍS CROUS
DOCUMENTATION: JUANI MARTÍNEZ, MARCEL BRAU


TECHNICAL DATA

ORIGINAL TITLE: Los Pueblos del Rift Valley
ENGLISH TITLE: People of the Rift Valley
GENRE: Sèrie Documental
CHAPTERS: 4 X 56'
SUBTITLES: Spanish, English
SHOOTING FORMAT:Dvcam
EXHIBITION FORMAT: Betacam Digital

TV REALEASES

SPANISH TV, TVE (SEPTEMBER 2006)

 
 

SYNOPSIS

"People of the Rift Valley” is a four chapter documentary series filmed entirely in Africa which shows the concerns and worries of different African people and their lifestyles, customs and traditions.

Through the experience of living together with inhabitants from four different ethnic groups, and by integrating the camera into their daily lives, the series tells several stories: some surprising; others cruel, sad, dramatic, beautiful… in short, African stories.

1. AFAR: THE DANAKIL NOMADS

Afar means “the best” or “the first”, making it a name that honours the extremely proud nature of this people. They live in a vast rocky, dry and desert-like land. This forces them to move about constantly, like the wind, in search of an element that is essential but very rare in the region where they live: water. Culema and Ali Mohamed are Afar that, like many others, live from the extraction and sale of salt from the Danakil vale -the second deepest in the planet and one of the hottest areas too. Sono and Momima are an Afar married couple that live in the Awash park. Sono learned to drive tractors and now works for an agricultural firm.

2. NUER: HISTORY OF A REFUGEE

Pel Kun is 24 years old and like so many other Nuer lives in a Sudanese refugee camp in Ethiopia. His family moved from Sudan to Ethiopia, fleeing the war, and today live on land that has been occupied from another people –the Anuak, with whom they dispute the territory. His dream is to go to Australia to do a degree. His refugee status will possibly enable this dream to come true. Once his studies are over, he would like to return home to be able to help his people acquire the knowledge he has picked up abroad.

3. MURSI, BEAUTY AND TRADITION

The Mursi are an ethnic group in the south east of Ethiopia –within the Mago national park area. They are of an animist tradition and still live primitively. Boncaulo is a Mursi who occasionally goes to the market in Jinka –a town two days walk away through forests. Some of his fellow village inhabitants take advantage of his trips, making orders that he carefully jots down on paper. Boncaulo learned to read and write years ago and is one of the few Mursi who can. His trips have become a great help to his neighbours.

4. KARO: THE OMO ETHNIC GROUP

The river Omo valley has been a life source for one of Africa’s richest ethnic cultural groups, which has preserved many ancestral traditions. The Karo is a people made up of only one thousand people. Each day, when the sun rises, the working day starts for Úgumu, a 10-year-old Karo child who helps his parents do their daily chores. The Karo children play a fundamental role in domestic activities and thus in supporting the family. From the earliest age these families can count on the vital help of their children. The families work collectively in a daily struggle to subsist.

 

 
 

PRODUCTION CREDITS

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION:CATALUNYA
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2005
FILMING LOCATIONS: ETHIOPIA
PRODUCTION COMPANIES:ABYSSINIA FILMS, DANAKIL PRODUCCIONS

 
 

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LINKS

CatalanFilms Cat
CatalanFilms Esp
CatalanFilms Eng
Trailer Affar
Trailer Mursi
Trailer Nuer
Making off - Traduccions Doré


DOCUMENTARY ONLINE

Afar, the Danakil nomads(Esp)
Nuer, history of a refugee(Esp)
Karo, the omo ethnic grup (Esp)
Mursi, beauty and tradition (Esp)
Mursi, beauty and tradition (Eng)

 



 
 

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