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Beyond the Passage of Time: Over the Bulls’ Backs (2009)
At the border between Ethiopia and Sudan, the Hamer women and men spend hours by the river, covering their bodies with sophisticated patterns of sand and clay. A highlight of this film is the puberty rite of the tribe. In order to become a man, a Hamer boy is supposed to pass three trials: to dare to raise his hand against a woman and whip her, to be able to fence off a cow herd and to run over bulls’ backs. The youngster who misses a step will never be able to become a man and give birth to a new Hamer generation.