Faya Dayi

Synopsis

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 green 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 hunted by a repressive regime.

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Jessica BESHIR is a Mexican-Ethiopian director, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn. She made her directorial debut with her short film Hairat, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, (Criterion). Her short films, He Who Dances on Wood (PBS) and Heroin (Topic), have screened in festivals and museums around the world including Hot Docs, IFFR, IDFA, Tribeca Film Festival, the Eye Film Museum, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, among others. Faya Dayi is Jessica’s feature debut.

Fanon Hier, Aujourd’hui

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Who was Frantz Fanon and what is his present legacy? Psychiatrist, decolonization activist, author of the book Les damnés de la terre, Fanon died in December 1961, but his thoughts still irrigate many battlegrounds across the world. How is the thinker and man of action perceived by those fighting against injustice and arbitrariness?  The film takes us on a journey from Fanon’s home country to the hotbeds of political and social struggles through the land where he was buried, giving the floor to activists about their fight and their relationships with author.

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Professional photographer Hassane MEZINE was born in 1972. After working with AFP Photo and France Soir, he became a freelance photographer. Il is also a trainer in digital photography and Multimedia in Paris, and monitors social news in France and abroad.

En route pour le Milliard

Synopsis

For twenty years, the victims of the Six Day War in Kisangani, DRC, have been fighting for recognition of the conflict, condemnation of the belligerents and financial compensations. Appalled by the indifference of their rulers, they decide to embark on a perilous journey on the Congo River to Kinshasa, capital of the country, to make their voice heard.

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Dieudo HAMADI trained in cinema by attending several documentary workshops. He first made two short documentaries Dames en attente (awarded at Cinéma du Réel in Paris in 2009) and Tolérance zéro, screened at many festivals abroad. He went on to direct 4 feature documentary films, Atalaku (2013), Examen d’Etat (2014), Maman Colonelle (2017), and Kinshasa Makambo (2018). In 2018, he received the True Vision Award in True/False (USA) for lifetime achievement.

Dans la maison / A way home

Synopsis

After years of separation, the filmmaker renews her relationship with her mother, Aïcha, now suffering from Alzheimer’s. From Brussels to Tangiers, the odyssey of a family marked by exile is evoked through discretion and confession, pain, separation, grief, and joy.

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Karima Saïdi holds a degree from INSAS in film editing and script continuity as well as a Master’s degree in screenwriting and analysis from ULB. She has worked as an editor for Belgian television (RTBF) since 1997. In 2013, she created Murmurs et 10 voix, a series of sound portraits of Moroccan immigrants in Brussels. In 2016, she directed a short documentary, Aïcha, an evocation of her mother’s death, a prelude to A Way Home, her first feature-length documentary. She is a lecturer in the film departments of INSAS in Brussels and ESAV in Marrakech.

Zinder

Synopsis

Indolent young people, most of whom are unsuccessful candidates for exile, are adding up to the ranks of gangs that spread violence in Zinder, Niger. Sinia Boy, Bawo and Ramsess are the characters who take me into this universe at the heart of trafficking. I capture on a daily basis their logic of survival and their attempt to get out of illegality.

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A graduate of Sociology and passionate about the motion picture, Aicha MACKY attended the Niamey-based FAFD (African Forum for Documentary Film) to become a documentary filmmaker. She began her career as a filmmaker with “Moi et ma maigreur in 2011. She obtained a Master I in Audio-visual and Creative Documentary and later on a Master II in Creative documentary filmmaking in 2013 with her graduation film “Savoir faire le lit”. “L’Arbre sans fruit” is her debut feature documentary.