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Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian makes a startlingly confident feature debut with this story of lives torn asunder by civil war. Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree follows a teenage girl's harrowing coming of age.
Mina is 16 years old. The Ethiopian Civil War has been underway her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house with newsprint for wallpaper. 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 Mengistu Haile Mariam's army. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seems set against her.
Writer/director: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
Ethiopia / Israel / Germany / France, 2018
Amharic (with English subtitles)
Winner - Emerging Filmmaker Jury Prize (Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian)
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019
Winner - Eurimages Audentia Award for Best Female Director (Aalam-Warqe Davidian)
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Winner - Best Cinematography
2018 Ophir Awards (Israel's Academy Awards)
Nominated for 5 Ophir Awards