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Visiting Filmmakers Series: “Faya dayi” with filmmaker Jessica Beshir

George Mason University's Johnson Center Cinema
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Join us on Monday, October 3rd for a free screening of the 2022 Oscar-shortlisted documentary, Faya dayi, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Jessica Beshir.

Described by Criterion Collection as “[a] sublime work of personal vision, [this] debut feature by the Mexican Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir is a hypnotic documentary immersion in the world of Ethiopia’s Oromo and Harari communities, places where one commodity–khat, a euphoria-inducing plant once prized for its supposedly mystical properties–holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life. As if under the influence of the drug itself, Faya dayi unfurls as intoxicating, trance-state cinema, capturing intimate moments in the existence of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from the region’s political strife.”

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