Wednesday, February 3, 2021

FAYA DAYI (2021) Sundance 2021

Jessica Beshir's FAYA DAYI is one of the hidden gems of this years Sundance. A gloriously filmed black and white tone poem on  the Ethiopian crop of Khat. Khat is a plant that is turned into a drug that Sufi Muslims use to commune with god and others use just to get high and feel good.  

I really don't know what to say but you should see this film, preferably big and without distractions. This is a film you will fall into. It's hypnotic and compelling. Beshir's presentation is such that she creates an amazing headspace in the audience where we are in a place that we have never been before.  Watching the film I found myself just staring at the film going along wide eyed.

I'm sorry that I'm not going into detail into the things we see in the film, but what we see isn't as important as the ride.

I love this film.

Highly recommended 

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