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Directed by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
Writer-director Davidian makes her award-winning feature debut by taking viewers back to 1989, at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War (1974-1991), a period recognized as the darkest time in Ethiopia’s history. Set in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the film focuses on Mina, an Ethiopian-Jewish teenager who learns of her family’s plan to escape the war by immigrating to Israel. She fears the worst for her Christian boyfriend, Eli, who hides out in a fig tree to avoid being captured and forced into joining Mengistu Haile Mariam’s army. Mina is determined to solve Eli’s problems. The film is beautifully shot, offering audiences a sense of intimacy with both the character and the landscape. Ms. Davidian’s coming-of-age film is based on her childhood memories of a civil-war-torn Ethiopia.
In Amharic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Preceded by short film HATHOR STONE.
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