About the team
Olisarali Olibui is an agro-pastoralist from South Omo, and a member of the Mun ethnic group. He is an award-winning documentary-maker, whose film ‘Shooting with the Mursi’ provides the context for this new project imagining what political inclusion of the Mun might look like. Olisarali has an avid interest in sharing Mun indigenous knowledge with others, and has also translated school books, cultural books, and veterinary and clinical books into the Mun language.
Tesfahun Hailu, a playwright and filmmaker from Mekelle University, to produce research-based creative outputs designed to positively impact South Omo political inclusion as Ethiopia struggles with democratic transition. Olisarali and Tesfahun combine their efforts with host organisation, South Omo Theatre Company, whose broader set of aims includes promoting indigenous performance, participation, and integration into Ethiopia’s theatre scene.
Shauna LaTosky is a cultural anthropologist who has been working with the Mursi intermittently since 2003. She has substantial field experience and knowledge of the Mursi people, culture and language. Her publications include, for example, Predicaments of Mun (Mursi) Women in Ethiopia’s Changing World (2013), ‘Customary land use and local consent practices in Mun (Mursi): A new call for meaningful FPIC standards in Southern Ethiopia’ (2021) and ‘The Social Role of Purging in Mun (Mursi)’ (2021).
Ben Young is an award-winning filmmaker, editor and sound designer who received an International Emmy nomination for his work on a documentary about young actors with Downs Syndrome. He has directed, filmed, and edited several broadcast documentaries about remote and marginalised peoples for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel; and in the 1980s and 1990s he worked in music production across Europe. Ben’s affiliation with Olisarali dates back to their discussions and shared interest in representing threatened indigenous communities through film.
Alexandra Genova is an independent journalist and filmmaker who has worked for platforms including the Guardian, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, NYT, and broadcast channels like ITN, ITV and Channel 4. She has also worked on assignment with Magnum photographers including Martin Parr and reported around the world from Ghana to Ethiopia. Alexandra has a Masters’ degree in magazine journalism and has a particular interest in social and racial justice, agriculture and food, and indigenous peoples