New England Premiere
A fine drama whose seemingly casual progress only heightens its ultimate impact.
Sunday, April 7, 7:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton
Sixteen-year-old Mina is surrounded by both the natural wonder of her pastoral Addis Ababa neighborhood and the enveloping atmosphere of panic and suffering of ordinary people torn asunder by the Ethiopian Civil War. Hiding in a nearby fig tree, her Christian boyfriend, Eli, tries to avoid abduction by the merciless military junta, as young men are scooped off the street and conscripted into the army against their will. With her young romance threatened and time running out, Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli as her family plans their escape to Israel where the children's mother awaits. This unflinching drama is confidently directed with grit and compassion by first-time Ethiopian-Israeli director Ääläm-Wärqe Davidian, who has drawn on her own wartime memories.
Q&A with Rabbi Yafa Chase, Director of Western Massachusetts Programs, Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Nominee, 5 Israeli Film Academy Awards
Co-sponsored by Smith College Program in Jewish Studies and Film and Media Studies Program
DRAMA| 2018 | 93 MINUTES
ETHIOPIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, ISRAEL | AMHARIC AND HEBREW WITH SUBTITLES
DIRECTED BY ÄÄLÄM-WÄRQE DAVIDIAN
Mature Audiences (violence)