Fig Tree

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Showings

St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 6, 2019 11:45 AM
Capri Theater Sun, Apr 14, 2019 4:30 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Wed, Apr 17, 2019 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Members:$11.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Images of Africa
Women & Film
Tags:Drama
Family Drama
Jewish
Religion
Women Directors
War
Coming-of-Age
Release Year:2018
Runtime:93 min
Festivals & Awards:Toronto International Film Festival 2018 - Eurimages Audentia Award: Best Female Director
Ophir Awards 2018 - Best Cinematography
Country/Region:Ethiopia
Israel
Germany
France
Language:Amharic
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Menemsha
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTlNa1jiQYw
Cast/Crew
Director:Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
Producer:Saar Yoger
Naomi Levari
Felix Eisele
Sandrine
Brauer
Cinematographer:Daniel Miller
Screenwriter:Alamork Davidian
Editor:Arik Lahav Leibovich
Composer:Ludovic Elias
Daniel Iribarren
Adrian Baumeister
Principal Cast:Rodas Gizaw
Tilahune Asagere
Yohannes Musa
Mareta Getachew
Mitiku Haylu
Betalehem Asmamane
Weyenshiet Belachew
Kidest G/ Selasse

Description

Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian makes a startlingly confident feature debut with this story of lives torn asunder by civil war. Her approach is unsentimental and focused on her heroine's plight. Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree follows a teen girl's harrowing coming-of-age. Mina is 16 years old. Her country has been at war her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house with newsprint for wallpaper. The family is Jewish and is planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina's mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most, Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods in order to evade being drafted into Mengistu Haile Mariam's army. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seems set against her.

Director Biography

Fig Tree is Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian's directorial debut, and in 2018 earned her an Ophir nomination for Best Film from the Israeli Academy of Film and Television. The film was inspired by her own childhood growing up in Addis Abba.


Press

"[A] fine drama whose seemingly casual progress only heightens its ultimate impact" - Variety


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