TCJFF Film Screening – Fig Tree
September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree follows a teenage girl’s harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old and the Ethiopian Civil War has been underway her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house with newsprint for wallpaper. The family is Jewish and is planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina’s mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods so as to evade being drafted into Mengistu Haile Mariam’s army. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seems set against her.
Presented in partnership with Minneapolis Jewish Federation Israel Center.
Directed by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | 2018 | Drama | Amharic with English subtitles | 93 minutes