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Lamb (2015/Kimstim DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Film: C+

Ephraim is a young boy living in Ethiopia, who was sent to live with his Jewish relatives in the countryside by his father, who decides to find work in the city after his mother's death. His only friend and companion is his beloved lamb he raised since he was a child, but in his uncle's eyes, he sees Ephraim as another meal ticket and his lamb as his next meal. As Ephraim strives to find a place in his new family, he will do anything to protect his lamb from being slaughtered in Yared Zeleke's Lamb (2015).

In this, Ephraim uses his cooking skills to serve the family to help support the family financially, but his uncle scorns him for doing a 'woman's job' and insists his lamb will be served to him in the next holiday feast. Ephraim then uses these skills to secretly earn money so he can save his lamb, he endures pain, hunger, discrimination and bullies who try who steal his money. But when his cousin falls ill, he will have decide what is more important ...his lamb or his family.

This film's story was set in a third world country, it showed how most people live off their 'connections' to others. An entire family is living off the work of a 10 year-old-boy. He is family, but he was treated no better than a servant/slave and beaten by his uncle when he didn't please him. In the end the moral of the film is, life is a struggle and a good person is expected by society to sacrifice themselves for the others.

Unfortunately, the anamorphically enhanced image and lossy Arabic Dolby Digital sound are weak in combination, so that combo disappointed. The only extra is a trailer.

- Ricky Chiang


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