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Fig Tree | Israeli Film Festival

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 10 Daly Ave Ottawa (map)

Sunday/dimanche June 23 juin, 16:00 


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Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | 2018 | 93 minutes

Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree is an unforgettable story of one extraordinary teenage girl's harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old, and it seems the endless Ethiopian Civil War has been going on throughout her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house and dreams of a better future elsewhere. 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 so as to evade being drafted into the corrupt and brutal Ethiopian government army. Mina hatches a scheme to save her family and Eli, but can it possibly work? Drawing upon her own memories of growing up in war-torn Ethiopia, writer-director Davidian's feature film debut announces a bright new talent in Israeli cinema.

Earlier Event: 16 June
Redemption | Israeli Film Festival