About this project
People of the Delta is a cinematic narrative film collaborating with real people and stories from the tribes of Ethiopia's Omo Valley.
The script was written with true events in mind, shaped from the collective wisdom of stories handed down from the elders of the Dassanach and Hamar tribes. These two tribes are historically known for competing against one another for the limited amount of fertile land found along the Omo River. This fragile way of life becomes the backbone of our film’s plot.
Conflict over resources extends to every culture and country on the globe today, and is expressed with an entirely unique perspective in the film.
The story is told in two chapters from two unique perspectives. Kulcho- a young boy from the Hamar tribe who becomes a warrior, and Bona- an elder chief of the Daasanach. Although they are from rival tribes, their lives become connected.
Joey L. (Director) http://www.joeyL.com
Sean Stiegemeier (Cinematographer) http://www.seanstiegemeier.com
Susie Hayasaka (Producer)
Snaproll Media (Chopper Shots) http://www.snaprollmedia.com
Animal (Post-Production) http://www.animalvfx.com
Aside from bringing back a great piece of cinema that presents the tribes in a dignified manner, the local people will also benefit from this film. Payments and donations directly to the villages and people we work with are a large portion of the budget.
(Above: Early movie poster concept artwork by artist Sam Spratt. Available as a 24"x36" poster.)
Risks and challenges
Speaking Roles: Character dialogue is rich in content, but kept very minimal throughout the film. This is key since we are casting members of the tribe who are not used to acting in front of a camera. Many narrations and voice-overs are used to guide the story. Dialogue is spoken in the tribe’s endangered native languages, taking the viewer deeper into the world of the Omo Valley.
Harsh Filming Conditions: The film will be shot in digital HD format on an Arri Alexa with master prime lenses, generously provided by our cinematographer Sean Stiegemeier. The camera is also built with harsh conditions in mind, making it the perfect choice for shooting in an unpredictable semi-arid climate such as the Omo Valley.
Lighting will be kept minimal due to the remote nature of location.
Permits: We have explored the permits from the Ethiopian government necessary for filming in the area. Obtaining these permits is simply contingent upon treating the locals with respect and depicting them with dignity. Having been through this before in 2010 for Faces of a Vanishing World documentary, Joey is very familiar with this process and will use the same contacts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If funding is successful and our pre-production runs smoothly, we are aiming for late April / early May 2013.
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