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Faya Dayi (12A)

27-30 June

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Tuesday 28 June (20.15)All tickets £6.50

From Mexican-Ethiopian director and cinematographer Jessica Beshir, Faya Dayi is a lyrical spiritual journey into the rituals and trade practices of Khat, a stimulant green leaf that - according to Ethiopian legend - was founded by Sufi Imams in search of eternity.

A hypnotic blend of documentary and drama, this immersive experience weaves a tapestry of intimate stories of people for whom chewing the lucrative crop has become both a radical escape and a space of socialisation and revolt against oppressive forces. For the unemployed, oppressed youth and elders alike, the high achieved from Khat (the state of Merkhana) is the only place where their hopes, dreams and aspirations can live.

The film premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the prestigious World Cinema - Documentary award.

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  • Director Jessica Beshir
  • Cast Murano Mlbb, Kawa Sherif, Salih Sigirci
  • Country Ethiopia/USA/Qatar
  • Year of Production 2022
  • Language Amharic with English subtitles
  • Running Time 2h
  • Certificate 12A: drug references

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