Set at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War of 1989, Fig Tree follows 16-year-old Jewish Ethiopian Mina as she navigates her formidable years amid the unforgivingness of war. Weighing on the community most prominently is the military junta that has made it a practice to kidnap boys and men of all ages to enlist in the army. When the junta is about, the boys go into hiding. Through this, Mina, her grandmother and her brother have planned to flee to Israel where her mother resides. The problem is that she’s also in love with Eli, a local Christian boy who spends his days hiding in a fig tree, and she desperately wants to save him as well. Gorgeously shot and directed, Fig Tree draws from writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s own experiences growing up in Ethiopia and delivers a coming-of-age story that is both devastating and beautiful.
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|Language:||in Amharic with English subtitles (deaf-friendly)|
|Producers:||Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari, Felix Eisele, Sandrine Brauer|
|Principal Cast:||Betalehem Asmamawe, Yohanes Muse, Weyenshiet Belachew, Mareta Getachew, Mitiku Haylu, Kidest G/Selasse, Tilahune Asagere, Rodas Gizaw|
|Editor:||Arik Lahav Leibovich|
|Music:||John Gürtler, Jan Miserre|
|Primary Company:||Menemsha Films|