*** Limited seating ***
*Special event* — separate ticket required — not included with Festival Pass or Film Pass
(details below)

Lunenburg Doc Fest is delighted to present the inaugural Filmmaker’s Brunch. This special occasion features John Rowe, Director/Producer of OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH and the delicious offerings of Rime Restaurant (menu below).

Discover the behind-the-scenes details about what it takes to make a documentary — to gain the cooperation of a tribe in order to tell the amazing true story of a young man’s journey to end the ancient practice known as “Mingi” in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH traces the story of the Kara and their beliefs that some children are born cursed or become cursed. Cursed children are called mingi and are killed. The Kara people believe mini children bring disease, drought and death to their families and to the community. One young educated man, Lale Labuko, decided he would challenge this ancient tradition and in doing so lifted a burden from the shoulders of the Kara people.



John Rowe, the Director/Producer of OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH is a first time filmmaker who began his journey in film at the US Naval School of Photography in 1970. Following 6 years in the USNR as a camera operator and photographer for various Navy documentaries John pursued a 25 year career producing video games and CG animated films for video games.

In 2004, John first visited the Omo Valley in southwest Ethiopia and returned many times as a photographer exploring the tribal cultures of the lower Omo Valley. In 2010, John learned about the killing of children thought to be cursed and of Lale Labuko, a young man from the Kara tribe who was rescuing some children. Lale needed help to support the children he and his organization had rescued. John decided that same year to begin filming and documenting this incredible story. What started as a short video for YouTube ended up becoming a feature length documentary.

John has been married to his wife Regina for 33 years and they have two children Tyler (26) and Kelly (22). They currently live in San Diego, California. Tyler Rowe Co-Produced and Directed the Photography for Omo Child: The River and the Bush.


See TICKET information below.




Coffee, Tea, or Juice

French Toast
Brioche French Toast, Fruit Preserve, Maple & Cream Cheese whipped topping

Smoked Sturgeon
Tender sliced Sturgeon, Local free range eggs, Crème Fraiche, Arugula & Tomato Salad

Eggs Benedict
English Muffin, Berkshire ham, Soft poached eggs, hash browns And of course hollandaise



Purchase tickets online HERE or at the Festival Box Office in Lunenburg Bound Books & Paper, 139 Montague Street.