Faya Dayi
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Hop Film

Faya Dayi

May 12, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Jessica Beshir uses breathtaking cinematography to bring you into the Horn of Africa, a poetic journey about the struggles in khat fields and Ethiopia itself.

21/22 Hop Film

FAYA DAYI - Trailer


In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar as a teenager due to growing political strife. The film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo farming community, 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, Beshir 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. D: Jessica Beshir Ethiopia, subtitled, 2021

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