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Faya Dayi - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Documentary, Drama
Starring: Murano Mlbb, Kawa Sherif, Salih Sigirci
Director: Jessica Beshir
Plot Synopsis:

A sublime work of personal vision, the debut feature by the Mexican Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir is a hypnotic documentary immersion in the world of Ethiopia's Oromo community, a place 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. The director's exquisite monochrome cinematography—each frame a masterpiece sculpted from light and shadow—and the film's time-bending, elliptical editing create a ravishing sensory experience that hovers between consciousness and dreaming.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 4K digital master, approved by director Jessica Beshir, with
5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Three short films by Beshir: He Who Dances on Wood (2016);
Heroin (2017); and Hairat (2017), featuring an introduction
by Beshir
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Yasmina Price

  • Release Details
    Release Date: August 30th, 2022
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 2021
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:120 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.78:1
    Audio Formats:Amharic, Harari, Oromo : DTS-HD MA 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:English