Fig Tree

Dir. Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | 93 min
Narrative Ethiopia, France, Germany, Israel 2018
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

8:10 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.

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This event finished on November 15, 2019.

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