Fig Tree

Showings

West Newton Cinema Sun, Nov 10 1:00 PM
During the Ethiopian Civil War, 16 year old Mina creates a plan to save her Christian boyfriend and bring him with her family as they try to move to Israel.
MFA Alfond Auditorium Wed, Nov 13 7:30 PM
During the Ethiopian Civil War, 16 year old Mina creates a plan to save her Christian boyfriend and bring him with her family as they try to move to Israel.
Film Info
Director(s):Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
Country:Ethiopia
France
Germany
Israel
Year:2018
Language:Amharic
Running Time:93 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Coming of Age
Drama
Ethiopian Jews
Israeli History
Israel
Refugee
Women

Description

It’s 1989, and the Ethiopian Civil War has been taking place for all of Mina’s 16 years. Her family plans to leave Addis Ababa for Israel, but Mina can’t fathom leaving behind the person she loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods to evade being conscripted to the army. Mina hatches a scheme to save him, but everyone and everything seems set against her. Based on the filmmaker’s memories of growing up in war-torn Ethiopia, Fig Tree is an focused view of the impact of civil war on the lives of ordinary people.

 

11/13 screening followed by a conversation with Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. 

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