Jeans and Martò
Claudia Palazzi and Clio Sozzani, Ethiopia/Italy, 2011, 52min.
Jeans and Martò reveals the complexity of the ‘Ethiopia of the
new millennium’, constricted between modernity and tradition,
pastoralist and urban lifestyle, old and new generations who
struggle to adapt to such a rapid transformation. Roba, who
narrates his story, is a young Ethiopian pastoralist who escapes
his arranged marriage to fulfill a dream. An apparently normal
student, who is willing to reach a balance between his tribe’s
costumes and the dream of becoming an educated man. A life
straddled between tradition and modernity, and a commitment to
discover the good in both.