WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | 93 min
Ethiopia, France, Germany, Israel
Amharic with English subtitles
US Theatrical Premiere!
Ethiopian-Israeli director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian draws on her own experience of growing up in war-torn Addis Ababa.
Sixteen-year-old Mina is poised to flee Ethiopia with her grandmother to be reunited with her mother in Israel; however, she is reluctant to leave her Christian boyfriend Eli, who lives in the woods in order to avoid forcible conscription by the military. Grounded by remarkable performances, Fig Tree is a moving coming-of-age story and an auspicious feature film debut.
-Note adapted from the Toronto Jewish Film Festival
November 1-3 screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian.
Friday, November 11:00 PM Matinee / Q&A
Saturday, November 26:00 PM Q&A
8:35 PM Q&A
Sunday, November 312:00 PM Matinee / Q&A
6:50 PM Q&A
Tuesday, November 57:00 PM
Wednesday, November 67:00 PM
Friday, November 81:00 PM Matinee
Saturday, November 96:00 PM
Sunday, November 1012:45 PM
Wednesday, November 137:00 PM
Thursday, November 147:00 PM
Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian was born in Awash, Ethiopia. She studied cinema at Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. She has directed the short films Transitions (2016) and Facing the Wall (2016). Fig Tree (2018) is her feature directorial debut.