Every year in Oromia (Southern Ethiopia), when the dry season reaches its climax, the Borana herders gather with their livestock around the few remaining watering holes; their ancient "singing wells". As the herders draw closer to the wells after days and days of walking across the dry, dusty land, they sing a song which seems to draw their herds along with them.
The film depicts in beautifully crafted scenes the unique water management system of the Ethiopians, which permits thousands of people and animals to survive the harsh dry season, and ensures that access to the little available water remains a basic right of every human being in the region. In today's era of global water privatisation, this approach of equal access to water resources for all, in one of the driest regions of the earth, is particularly impressive.
The trailer for this film may be viewed with the following link: vimeo.com/23683531
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Werner Zollitsch (University for Agricultural Sciences Vienna) and Lisa Sterzinger (FIAN- Food First Action Programme).
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