The Well

General Information

Author/Creator
Barberi, Paolo, director.
Language
Oromo.
Subtitles
English
Published
Italy : Suttvuess Productions, 2011.
Physical Description
DVD (52 min.)

Contributors

Contributor
Russo, Riccardo, (director.)

Contents/Summary

Summary
'The Well' illustrates the life of the Borana people, a semi-nomadic tribe of shepherds in Southern Ethiopia who struggles perennially for survival. In a land of astonishing beauty, during the long periods of drought, the Borana tribes' livelihood relies on the ancient wells, the only perpetual resource against the tragic effects of global climate change. The Borana territory extends beyond South Ethiopia, into the Oromia dry lands and as the tribe are semi-nomadic, they manage their scarce water supply through community organization in order to assure access for everyone, without money exchange. Water has become a symbol of union and peace among different ethnic groups, often in conflict with one another, in this remote region. 'The Well' follows the daily life that revolves around the ancient well, beginning with the dry season until the arrival of the long awaited rains. By observing this microcosm, it is possible to understand the delicate equilibrium of the relationship between man and Nature that governs the existence of pastoralist people in Africa today.

Subjects

Genre
Documentary films

Bibliographic Information

Holdings

Item Type Current Location Collection Call Number Volume Info Shelving Location Public Note
DVD-ROMOSA Film LibraryOSA Film LibraryFL Record 4180Audio VisualLocated on Verzio HDD #1 (M22-R17-S2-R3)