14 June 2024

MUBI Release UK Trailer For Jessica Beshir’s Faya Dayi

After releasing a short clip last month, MUBI have finally released the official UK Trailer for Jessica Beshir’s striking Docu-Drama Faya Dayi which will be released this week in UK cinemas.

The film is a spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, Ethiopia. We become immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims  have chewed for centuries for religious meditations and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today.

Related Post: Watch A Clip From Jessica Beshir’s MUBI Bound Faya Dayi

From Mexican-Ethiopian director and cinematographer Jessica Beshir, Faya Dayi is a lyrical spiritual journey into the rituals and trade practices of Khat, a stimulant green leaf that – according to Ethiopian legend – was founded by Sufi Imams in search of eternity. A hypnotic blend of documentary and drama, this immersive experience weaves a tapestry of intimate stories of people for whom chewing the lucrative crop has become both a radical escape and a space of socialization and revolt against oppressive forces. For the unemployed, oppressed youth and elders alike, the high achieved from Khat (the state of Merkhana) is the only place where their hopes, dreams and aspirations can live. Nominated for the World Cinema – Documentary award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

The film stars Murano Mlbb, Kawa Sherif, and Salih Sigirci.

Faya Dayi will be released in select UK and Irish cinemas from the Friday 24th June. The streaming exclusively on MUBI from 10th August.

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