Wubetu Shimelash

The Gebara Boy is a documentary film about Wubetu Shimelash’s journey that started in a cave with animals in Ethiopia and his journey to the USA following his educational passion despite the many challenges and difficulties. The film demonstrates his childhood living as a shepherd in the caves of the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia, taking care of his family’s 200 sheep, a few goats, and horses at the age of 6 years old. It also shows his hunger for education where he walked barefoot for five hours to/from school every day and his innovation and determination to overcome the lack of educational resources in his village where he used charcoal and wood as writing tools. The film emphasizes curiosity, creativity, and the importance of using opportunities to overcome challenges in order to follow once dreams and aspirations.


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