Walking With the Mursi

Documentary/ 2016/ 40 Minutes.

An adventure/travel documentary spanning four continents as David Willing hikes 500km across Ethiopia's remote Omo Valley, home of the fascinating Mursi tribes.

Whilst on a solo hike in the Grampians National Park in Australia, David became lost and as night fell he stumbled across an old Aboriginal rock shelter where he sought refuge.  That night he became fascinated by the idea of exploring a tribal region where people still walk long distances daily for survival.  

The personal, intimate and humorous documentary follows his training in the desolate highlands of Lebanon and the towering ice mountains of northern Italy before he blindly ventures into the remote Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia.

Gruelling distances, little water and no language are just the beginning of his troubles as he struggles on the daily foot commute that is walking with the Mursi. 

The documentary captures a unique and rarely seen natural side of the Mursi, un-staged for foreigners. The rare footage filmed just before closures and resettlements means Walking With The Mursi may possibly be the last authentic adventure into the traditional Mursi life in the Omo Valley.


2016 Why Not Adventure Film Festival - Semi Finalist (Galway, Ireland)

2017 Mountain Film Festival - Finalist (USA)


Producer/Writer/Director/Editor: David Willing

Composer: Brenton Broadstock

Voice Over Recordist: Darren Hulcombe

Colourist: Chris Bennett

Sound Mix: Chris Bennett and Darren Hulcombe