The short film Voices of Ethiopia was made in April 2012, by Valley and Vale Community Arts and Gem TV our partners in Ethiopia to document three Wales/Ethiopia link projects.
Together with Craig Owen programmes manager for Wales Africa Community Links.We visited the Labata Fantalle project. Labata Fantalle is an organisation that has been established by Karrayyu pastoralists in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia, where we looked at some of the projects that Wales/Africa has supported.. www.labatafantalle.org. Support for Labata Fantalle is provided by Labata Fantalle Cymru, a non profit organisation based in the South Wales Valleys.
Then we travelled down to the South of Ethiopia to the coffee growing area of Yirgacheffe where there is a link project with Abergavenny www.abergavenny-yirgacheffe-link.co.uk
Back in Addis we filmed some of the Community Arts projects, Gem Art, and Adugna, part of the Gemini Foundation, that Valley and Vale are linked with.
The film celebrates the value of link projects.
As a result of the film, new relationships have developed both in Wales and Ethiopia and we have continued to work on collaborative projects together
In November 2012 Valley and Vale were awarded a grant from Wales Arts International to make a short film ‘ Pastoralist Voices’ with Gem TV and the Karrayyu pastoralists about their relationships with the land, and their livestock, particularly camels.
In Karrayyu culture camels are considered human. Camels are like a tree, which is more than a tree, like a man who is more than a man.
Tracy Pallant and Luke Jacobs, Valley and Vale film workers will be travelling to Ethiopia at the end of January to help make this film. ‘Pastoralist Voices‘ will eventually be screened at the proposed Karrayyu Cultural Centre in Matahara as part of a responsible tourism initiative, and at the WOW festival in Wales in March.