OMO-CESTA DO PRAVEKU
Slovakia / 2002 / 68'
The film centres on the descent of the river Omo, a tributary of Lake Turkana that rises in the Ethiopian highlands, on board a rafting dinghy.
The team of explorers travel through places of extraordinary beauty and unspoilt countryside, but at the same time this is a journey into the past.
The region crossed by the river is one of the areas where human beings originated and the meeting with some populations still living in a primitive state takes the group back to the primordial beginnings of our society.
Among the rapids, hippopotamuses and mosquitoes, which leave the explorers an unwelcome souvenir, splendid scenes of great effect flow with the waters of the African river.
Pavol Bàrabaš graduated from the Slovak University of Technology. He has worked as an cameraman and director for SportFilm, advertising agency Erpo and for K2 Studio. He has made television commercials and numerous mountain films in which he documents the lives of people living in extreme conditions. He has also made ski-training videos and promotional films for the Tatra Mountains and the Caucasus. His work has won a range of awards at Slovakia’s Poprad Festival. In 1999, he won the Gran Premio “Città di Trento” for his film “118 Days in Captivity of Ice”. He has also entered a range of other films at the festival.