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.