The Well: Water Voices From Ethiopia

A Highly cinematic, visually enthralling film:  Each year, when the dry season reaches its peak in Southern Ethiopia, the semi-nomadic Borana herders gather with their livestock around ancient wells.  Huge hand-excavated craters, known as “singing wells”, allow them to survive during the long yearly droughts.

Each year, when the dry season reaches its peak in Southern Ethiopia, the semi-nomadic Borana herders gather with their livestock around ancient wells.  Huge hand-excavated craters, known as “singing wells”, allow them to survive during the long yearly droughts. Here, every day, the young shepherds form human chains, allowing them to reach the depths of the well and bring up the water.  Nobody can be denied to access water, not even the herders of an enemy tribe.  While all around the world, access to drinkable water is still not considered a fundamental human right, the Borana have found a way to guarantee general and indiscriminate access to water in one of the driest inhabited regions on earth.

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