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  • Director

    Jessica Beshir

  • Starring

    Mohammed Arif, Hashim Abdi, Biniam Yonas, Urji Abrahim Mumade, Destu Ibrahim Mumade

  • Run Time

    120 mins

  • Release Year

    2021

  • Country of Origin

    EthiopiaUSAQatar

  • Certificate

    cert tbc

  • Language

    Amharic

  • Subtitles

    Yes

  • Format

    Digital

Faya Dayi

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In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents.

Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—the film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export (the euphoria-inducing khat plant) is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented doc about a particular drug culture. Rather, she has constructed something dreamlike: a film that uses light, texture, and sound to illuminate the spiritual lives of people whose experiences often become fodder for ripped-from-the-headlines tales of migration.



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