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Directed by Aäläm-Wärque Davidian (Ethiopia/France/Germany/Israel, 2018, 93 min.). Digital. Amharic with English subtitles.
It’s 1989, and the Ethiopian Civil War has been raging for all of Mina’s 16-year life. Her family plans to move from Addis Ababa to Israel, but Mina can’t fathom leaving behind the person she loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods to evade army conscription. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seem set against her. Based on the filmmaker’s memories of growing up in war-torn Ethiopia, Fig Tree is an unsentimental and focused view of the impact of civil war on the lives of ordinary people.
“A potent glimpse of adolescence amid civil war.” —Variety
“An astutely crafted work.” —Variety
Winner, Best Cinematography at the 2018 Ophir Awards
Nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Art Direction.
Winner, Emerging Filmmaker Jury Prize (Aäläm-Wärque Davidian)
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019.
Winner, Eurimages Audentia Award for Best Female Director (Aäläm-Wärque Davidian)
Toronto International Film Festival 2018.
With English subtitles