Catarina Von Richthofen – wife of filmmaker Oswald Von Richthofen – 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov
FRED’s Matt Micucci interview Catarina Von Richtofen, wife of the filmmaker Oswald von Richthofen, who sadly passed away but whose film “35 Cows and a Kalashnikov” is still travelling the world, mesmerising audiences at international festivals, including Prague, where we meet Catarina at the 22nd edition of Febiofest – Prague International Film Festival.
Plot: The beautiful images paint a loving, attentive portrait of African pride and beauty. The Surma tribe lives in the remote Omo valley in the south of Ethiopia. The Surma are cattle farmers and warriors but possess real artistry when it comes to painting their own naked bodies. In Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, there is a group of colourfully dressed dandies who are living by the credo “You are what you wear”. Meanwhile, in vibrant Kinshasa, local wrestlers are preparing for a contest, among them a girl, an albino named Texas, and some voodoo practitioners.
All of them are maintaining a lifestyle in which tradition, religion and modern African society intertwine. 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov will illuminate your view of the Dark Continent.