Donkeymentary, Armenia, 2012, 52 min, DVD, Creative, Society
A humorous documentary about a small island with many donkeys. Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya, is the home of 24,000 people, 6,000 donkeys, just 2 cars and a 14-year-old donkey race champion, Shee Famao, whose fondest dream in life is nothing more than having a donkey of his own. Shee, one of the most well known boys in Lamu, is a three time champion of the famous donkey races on the island, a place where everyone will inevitably get stuck in donkey traffic, where the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey hospital, and where the donkeys are the key to earning a living for the majority of people. But the life of Shee is full of contrasts, he is the most popular, but also the poorest boy of the island, he is a schoolboy trapped with the responsibility of being a “providing father” for his family, he is criminal who is respected by his community and even the police, he is a hero of the island but without his victorious horse - the donkey!
Arman Yeritsyan, Vardan Hovhannisyan
Vardan Hovhannisyan, Vahe Ohanyan
Director of photography:
Céline Payot Lehmann
20 Sepuhi Str.
375028 Yerevan 0028, Armenia
39 rue des Prairie
75020 Paris, France
Yerevan International Film Festival Golden Apricot 2012, Armenia
The Special Prize of Saratov region’s Ministry of Culture -
Saratov’s Sufferings IFF 2012, Russia
ARPA International Film Festival 2012, USA