37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

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Set in 1989, director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s feature debut follows 16-year-old Mina as she navigates coming of age in the midst of the Ethiopian Civil War. As their Jewish faith jeopardizes their safety, Mina, her brother, and their grandmother make plans to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where the children’s mother awaits. The plan, however, requires Mina to leave behind Eli, her Christian boyfriend—although not without protest. Inspired by her own memories of growing up in war-torn Ethiopia, director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian crafts a film that blurs the lines between the mundane and the extraordinary, exposing the impact of civil war on the lives of ordinary people. Introduction by Ilya Tovbis (VAFF)


Friday, October 25


3:30 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian

Runtime: 93 min.

Year: 2018

Country: Ethiopia, Israel, Germany

Language: Amharic

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Betalehem Asmamawe, Yohanes Muse, Weyenshiet Belachew, Mareta Getachew, Mitiku Haylu, Kidest G/Selasse, Tilahune Asagere, Rodas Gizaw