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Drawn From Water
Viewing proceeds go to Global Team Local Initiatives (GTLI) child sponsorship program which builds a safe haven and provides for the needs of "mingi" children. GTLI, an established non profit combining good stewardship and compassion, has earned trust and respect from tribal communities, local officials and neighboring communities. GTLI’s successful track record in care, community development and ending harmful tribal practices is bringing hope to many.
Many tribes in Southern Ethiopia possess a tradition-rich culture based on ancient beliefs and rituals dating back hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Living in almost total isolation in some of the planets' harshest conditions – a region National Geographic calls the "last frontier" – these indigenous people's lives are diverse and resilient.
Drawn from Water takes you on a journey to Ethiopia's Omo River Valley revealing the tragic destiny of the mingi children. Mingi, a bad omen or curse which is thought to bring drought to the land, presents an epic life struggle for families of children bearing certain characteristics.
This film tells the story of one courageous tribal member, and a small group of photo-journalists, who were challenged to act on behalf of the mingi children. The 30 minute documentary tells their collective story, embracing a shared vision for a future free from mingi practices.
The film was produced by Compathos Foundation, written and directed by: Nick Kalbach,