205 The King Never Dies

The King Never Dies (205)

9:30, Thursday 2nd July, Theatre A

  • Director: Pierre Lamarque, Elise Demeulenaere (FR)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 73'
  • Format: HDV, MPG2


Konso, February 2005.
After having lived for many years in Addis Ababa Gezagn has now returned to his homeland to become the 20th poqalla Kala. All the members of his clan are getting ready to celebrate the close of the mourning period for his father Woldedawit. The rainy season is imminent, and everybody worries about sowing on time. In spite of this, Ayano, a modest peasant strives to find a costly young bull, without which he will not be able to take part in the ceremony. Anxiety builds up when “the ganshalo”, the man who was hired a year ago by the deceased’s family to play the drum for opening and closing of the mourning period, flees to the lowlands.


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