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Ethiopia's First Cannes-Selected Film, 'Lamb,' Debuts Its Stunning Trailer

Yared Zeleke's 'Lamb,' Ethiopia's first-ever Official Cannes Selection, debuts its stunning trailer ahead of the film's French theatrical run


Rediat Amare in Yared Zeleke's 'Lamb' (2015)

Lamb– the first-ever Ethiopian film at Cannes– has now shared a trailer that showcases its rich landscapes and beautiful countryside cinematography. The film marks a collaboration between director and NYU Tisch Alum Yared Zeleke and the Ethiopia-based Slum Kid Films, a production company which seeks to discover and nurture talented Ethiopian filmmakers. In May, the Official Cannes Selection screened at the festival's Un Certain Regard program for recognizing promising young talent and encouraging innovative and daring storytelling in film.

Cannes' website provides a glimpse of this coming-of-age story:

"When Ephraïm, 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 Ephraïm is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home."

Lamb begins screening in French theaters on September 30, and premieres in North America September 15 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch its recently debuted first trailer– in Amharic with French subtitles– along with an English-subtitled clip via TIFF below.

H/T Shadow & Act

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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