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VIRTUAL SCREENING: FAYA DAYI
December 9, 2021 @ 11:00 pm - December 11, 2021 @ 11:30 pm
HMAAC Presents a VIRTUAL SCREENING of FAYA DAYI
In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—the film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export (the euphoria-inducing khat plant) is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented doc about a particular drug culture. Rather, she 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 film will become available on Dec. 9. After the film becomes available, you’ll have 3 days 1 hour to start watching. Once you begin, you’ll have 24 hours to finish watching.