'The blood is taken by making a hole in a vein with a spear or an axe, and after that, they close it with clay.'Because of the scorching temperatures, the men have to drink the two-litre bowl of blood and milk quickly before it coagulates but as Lafforgue reveals, not everyone can handle drinking so much at speed.'The fat men drink milk and blood all day long,' he says. Once in the car, he started to drink milk and blood again because he said he wanted to keep trying to be the fattest until the very last moment.'Once the fattest man has been chosen, the ceremony ends with the slaughter of a cow using a huge sacred stone.
Village elders will then inspect the stomach and the blood to see whether the future will be a bright one or not.
I caught up with Zeleke in Palm Springs, where he talked about the challenges of casting and filming "Lamb" in Ethiopia, the personal story that inspired the film's narrative and why Bollywood was so important to him as a young boy. You've said that casting was a difficult process since Ethiopia doesn't have a culture of cinema.
I understand that "Lamb" is partly drawn from your own experiences of migration and being separated from your family. Ethiopians can be afraid of the camera because they know the country doesn’t have a good image abroad because of the famine and the poverty.
The tribe, which lives in a remote corner of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, is home to an unusual ritual which sees young men gorge on cow's blood and milk in a bid to be crowned the fattest man.
Now the little known rite is the subject of incredible photos taken by French shutterbug Eric Lafforgue - who spent time with the Bodi while travelling through south-western Ethiopia during the run up to the Bodi New Year or Ka'el ceremony. Every family is allowed to present an unmarried man for the challenge, who, after being chosen, retires to his hut and must not move or have sex for the duration.
The film was a way to heal my wounds, of having to leave my family at the age of 10. My father, after he was imprisoned, he escaped to Japan — then he made it here [to the United States]. It’s as if the only thing the world knows about it is its worst aspects.
But a few weeks later, the next generation of competitively fat Bodi men will be chosen and the cycle will begin again.This is some default tab content, embedded directly inside this space and not via Ajax.It can be shown when no tabs are automatically selected, or associated with a certain tab, in this case, the first tab.Ethiopia the second most populous country in Africa.No matter its low income status, it has a fast growing economy making it a very attractive consumer market.