Docs Ireland: Faya Dayi

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmDocs Ireland: Faya Dayi

GenreDocumentary, Drama
DirectorJessica Beshir
WritersJessica Beshir
CountryEthiopia, USA, Qatar
Running Time2HR
SeasonDocs Ireland 2022

Ethiopian legend has it that khat, a stimulant leaf, was found by Sufi Imams in search of eternity.

Inspired by this myth, Faya Dayi is a spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf that Sufi Muslims chewed for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today.

Through the prism of the khat trade, Faya Dayi weaves a tapestry of intimate stories of people caught between violent government repression, khat-induced fantasies and treacherous journeys beyond their borders, and offers a window into the dreams of the youth who long for a better life.

Winner of the Grand Prix of Visions du Réel 2021, this dreamlike, hypnotic film is absolutely riveting.

3rd July 2022 | 8:15pm