A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, a place where one commodity – khat, a euphoria-inducing plant – holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, “Faya Dayi” captures intimate moments in the lives 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 political strife.
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A co-presentation with Black Public Media. Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Jessica Beshir. Editors: Jeanne Applegate, Dustin Waldman. Sound Designer: Tom Efinger. Executive Producers: Tony Hsieh, Roberto Grande, Mimi Pham, Bryn Mooser, and Kathryn Everett for XTR; Rhianon Jones for Neon Heart Productions; Matthew Petock, Daniel Patrick Carbone, and Zachary Shedd for Flies Collective; Erika Dilday and Chris White for American Documentary | POV.