African FILM FESTIVAL New Zealand

Online Festival for entire Australasia 10 December 2021 to 7 January 2022

Fig Tree

GENRE: Feature
LENGTH: 1 hour 33 minutes
DIRECTOR: Aalam-Warqe Davidian
LANGUAGES: Amharic with English subtitles
RATING: M, violence, suicide references & content may disturb


During the Ethiopian civil war, a Jewish teenager struggles to keep her beloved Christian boyfriend from being drafted, as she resists the pressure of leaving with her family to go to Israel without him. Set at a traumatic time in Ethiopia’s history, the film poses questions integral to the current international immigration debate: When war breaks out, who gets to flee and who is left with nowhere to run? Played with great charm and charisma by two hitherto unknown teenage actors.

“Fig Tree is beautiful, romantic and cinematic, as well as historically interesting, and Davidian has made an impressive feature-film debut.”

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