Meteni: The Lost One

Director: Wondessen Deresse
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2002
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: Amharic


Meteni is a young Afar woman with two small children. The Afars are nomads who move with their herds through northeastern Ethiopia, the hottest region on earth. Meteni’s husband lets her move there by herself, while he walks to town to buy chat, a narcotic leaf. Alone, Meteni dismantles the house, moving it and all the family’s possessions by camel to a new campsite. When she becomes pregnant, she continues her punishing workload with disastrous consequences.

About the Director

Wondessen Deresse

Biography: Wondessen Deresse was born in 1978 in Northern Ethiopia, otherwise known as Wurgessa, and grew up in the capital, Addis Ababa. He completed high school in 1998 and joined Gem TV to train to be a filmmaker. He studied for 5 years and graduated with a diploma (with distinction) from UK City and Guilds on Media Techniques, Television and Video Competencies. During his time at Gem TV, Deresse has produced and directed a variety of documentaries, documentary dramas and television spots.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Meteni: The Lost One (2009).

Meteni: The Lost One (2002).