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The Valley

Australia, 1991 (MIFF 1992, Documentary)

Director: Roger Scholes

This true story of the transformation of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia has the feel of an anaent fable Blind, 90-year-old Baba Damtew xecalls the changes m his valley from child­hood through the dreadful years of famine, and the possibilities of the future. Beautifully shot and carefully structured, The Valley high­lights the importance of who gets to tell the story in documentary filmmaking. Through the words of the people in Omo Valley, the film develops a rare historical analysis of eco­nomic and social factors contributing to the issues of the Third World (CS) Due to the film's prior broadcast, it will not be screened at the Festival but will be considered by the competition jury.

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