Shooting with Mursi

Director: Olisarali Olibui and Ben Young
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2009
Running Time: 57 min
Language: English

This unique film tells the story of one of Africa’s most isolated tribes the Mursi; an Ethiopian pastoral tribe through the eyes of one its members Olisarali Olibui, who carries in one hand a Kalashnikov and in the other, a camera. The Mursi are surrounded by potential threats and Olisari provides a compelling insight into everyday life of a people whose culture, in his words, faces extinction.

*Co-presented with Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

About the Director

Olisarali Olibui and Ben Young

olisaraliBiography: Olisarali Olibui grew up in remote Mursiland where, after seeing westerners with cameras, he realised that film making was a way of showing the world Mursi culture. He was sent to Australia by the local mission to learn English and this skill gave him the means to pursue his interest. He was given a video camera and started documenting his tribe activities. He then met a journalist, Peter Moszynski, who introduced him to film maker Ben Young and they made the film, Shooting with Mursi, together.

benyoungBiography: Ben Young has edited and directed numerous films about people in the remotest regions of the world. He is a freelance West Australian director experienced in television drama, short film, commercials, and music videos. He lived with the Wodaabe in Niger and spent two months in the Amazon.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shooting with Mursi (20011).

Shooting with Mursi (2009).