Over the Bulls’ Backs

Beyond the Passage of Time
S1:Ep1025 mins2009

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.

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