Exclusive: KimStim Acquires Ethiopia’s Coming-of-Age Oscar Entry ‘Lamb’

Exclusive: KimStim Acquires Ethiopia's Coming-of-Age Oscar Entry 'Lamb'


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Indie distributor KimStim has just landed one of their most promising acquisitions yet by securing distribution rights to "Lamb," which is Ethiopia’s Oscar submission this year for Best Foreign Language film. The drama, which opens the New York Jewish Film Festival this Wednesday, January 13, was also the first Ethiopian title to be an official selection at Cannes, and it has earned numerous awards and acclaim at various festivals in the months since.

Marking the debut feature of Yared Zeleke, the tells the story of a half-Jewish, half-Ethiopian boy named Ephraim. When he’s sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death, Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins. His relatively peaceful upbringing is shattered, however, when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, forcing Ephraim on an odyssey to save the animal and return home.

KimStim is planning a late spring, early summer theatrical release for the drama.

READ MORE: Cannes 2015: First Ethiopian "Official Selection" – Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Lamb’ by Yared Zeleke

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Comments

Emebet Mesfin

Ephraim is an exceptional child actor who made me forget I was watching a film. Even his humming is something which is etched in my memory. Gave me some insight into YIHUDIS (ETHIOPIAN JEWS). Great job, Yared Zeleke.

Sara

"half-Jewish and half-Ethiopian" don’t make sense! Ethiopian isn’t a religion, and being Jewish isn’t a nationality! Ethiopian-Jew would make more sense :)

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