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Ethiopia, 1993
52 min
The Konsos in Ethiopia practice an unusual funeral rite that many thought had died with the ancient Egyptians - that of mummifying their dead.
The Konsos live in three villages in southwest Ethiopia, at about 600 km distance from the countries capital Addis Ababa: Mchela, Goteha and Ganolé. The film describes the Konso practice of Gala Gayoté, a fascinating and rare funeral rite in which the body of the deceased is mummified.

The director Michel Papatakis, himself an Ethiopian, has known and visited the Konsos repeatedly during several years. During this time he has gained substantive and unique insight to their way of life, and enjoys the trust of the village elders who allow him to document their mores.