When Ephraim, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraim is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.

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Critical Consensus: Good.

Eye For Film

17 Mar 2017
Life is hard for Ephraim (Rediat Amare). He recently lost his mother – it is implied that she starved – and his father is worried that if they stay at home, they could go the same way. So Ephraim is taken south to stay with relatives he b ...

The Film Corner

17 Mar 2017
“For as a lamb is brought to slaughter, so She stands, this innocent, before the king.” – Geoffery Chaucer, Man of Law’s Tale, 1386 Though the main character of Yared Zeleke’s extraordinary first feature Lamb is hardly a ...

One Room With A View 17 Mar 2017

A simple story well told, Lamb is a startlingly assured debut feature from writer-director Yaled Zeleke which overcomes the traditional “kids and animals” issue to deliver a warm-hearted and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Sitting snugly alongsi ...

The Upcoming

17 Mar 2017
The first ever Ethiopian film to be selected for Cannes, Lamb is the sweet tale of young Ephraim and his sheep, Chuli. After his mother’s death, Ephraim’s father takes him to stay with relatives while he seeks out work in the city. Ephraim is a g ...


17 Mar 2017
A young boy left in the care of relations struggles in his new surroundings in Yared Zeleke’s attractive, multilayered debut, “Lamb.” Handsomely shot in the mountainous countryside of Ethiopia, the pic scores points for shying away from one-dim ...

The Hollywood Reporter

17 Mar 2017
Ethiopian filmmaker Yared Zeleke’s first feature looks at a little boy who loves cooking much more than plowing the land A young Ethiopian boy and his rust-colored ewe are the protagonists of Lamb, the beautifully crafted if rather familiar fir ...

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Release Date(s):

May 20, 2015 (Cannes Film Festival, France)
July 27, 2015 (New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand)
September 10, 2015 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
September 15, 2015 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)
September 27, 2015 (Haifa Film Festival, Israel)
October 17, 2015 (Adelaide Film Festival, Australia)
January 13, 2016 (New York Jewish Film Festival, USA)
January 23, 2016 (Göteborgs Lilla Film festival, Sweden)
February 1, 2016 (International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands)
March 17, 2016 (BUFF Film Festival, Sweden)
April 8, 2016 (Spain)
April 23, 2016 (African Film Festival AfryKamera, Poland)
May 5, 2016 (Maryland Film Festival, USA)
May 13, 2016 (limited release in Mexico)
June 2, 2016 (Kino Otok, Slovenia)
June 7, 2016 (Seattle International Film Festival, USA)
July 15, 2016 (IndieBo - Bogota Independent Film Festival, Colombia)

Executive Producer:

Bettina Brokemper, David Hurst


Josée Deshaies


Yared Zeleke


Véronique Bruque

Production Designer:

Laurence Brenguier


Rainer Heesch


Christophe Chassol

Production Company:

Slum Kid Films, Heimatfilm, Gloria Films, Film Farms, Dublin Films, Wassakara Productions


Haut et Court (France) (theatrical), Neue Visionen Filmverleih (Germany) (theatrical), Filmarti (Turkey) (all media), Kimstim Films (USA), Moving Turtle (Lebanon) (Middle East & North Africa), NDMantarraya (Mexico), good movies! (Germany) (DVD), trigon-film (Switzerland) (all media)




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