A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, where khat, a euphoria-inducing plant, holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, Faya Dayi captures 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. Official selection 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Shortlisted, 94th Academy Awards. A co-presentation with Black Public Media.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
A nonfiction work of sensory immersion that's part anthropology, part poetry.