Obara & the Merchants - DVD

Obara & the Merchants Alonzo Bodden

Narrated by Alonzo Bodden

Cannes   Dove Seal Award


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Obara and the Merchants tells the story of a powerful hunter named Obara who lives in a town experiencing a famine.  When he is finally able to eat, a group of hungry merchants appears!  Will Obara share, or keep his food to
himself? What decision would you make?

This DVD is an adaptation of the picture book written by Michelle Bodden and represents the first collaboration with Water Daughter Publishing. Based on a traditional religious story from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, it is one of a set of stories told to help people develop their iwa, or character, and to give guidance in times of uncertainty.  Obara and the Merchants serves both purposes wonderfully, giving today’s generation a reminder from yesterday of the enduring qualities that matter.

Obara and the Merchants is a two time Telly Award winner, Davey Award winner and 2008 Aegis Film & production Award recipient. Obara won Best Animation at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and Best Animation ages 5-8 at the Kids First! Film Festival the largest kid’s fest in the world. It has also garnered the Dove Foundation “Family Approved” Seal Award in 2007. Obara was also featured in the 2007 Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner and has garnered over forty official film festival selections throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, South America, Africa and India.

The rich baritone voice of actor/comedian Alonzo Bodden narrates the story, and adds a whole new dimension to Obara the hunter and all of the merchants he meets. As a bonus, the DVD includes two versions of the story; one with and one without subtitles. This is so important for children learning to read - they can follow the words right on the screen.

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Sample Shots

Obara in the Jungle Obara's Village
"Obara in the Jungle" "Obara's Village"
Obara the Great Hunter The Merchants
"Obara the Great Hunter" "The Merchants"

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