Language: Amharic with English subtitles
Director: Jessica Beshir
Genres: Documentary, Women and Film, 2021 IDA Documentary Awards Nominees
Distributor: Janus Films
A hypnotic documentary Beshir, Ethiopia, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country's most sought-after export, the euphoria-inducing khat plant. Faya Dayi is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented doc about a particular drug culture. Rather, the filmmaker 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.
"The documentary's aesthetics strikingly channel the euphoric feelings induced by Ethopia's top cash crop." -Jake Cole, Slant Magazine