January 26

Jessica Beshir’s Acclaimed Film FAYA DAYI Nominated for ASC Award – Special Virtual Screening Tomorrow with Museum of Tolerance


 
Jessica Beshir’s acclaimed film FAYA DAYI has been nominated for Best Documentary Cinematography by American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). For those who have missed this stunning film, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles is presenting a special virtual screening and Q&A tomorrow at 7:00PM PT. REGISTER HERE.
         
The film has been Oscar® Shortlist for Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for Truer Than Fiction, and International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards for Best Documentary Feature in addition to 5 Cinema Eye Honors, 2 Critics Choice Documentary Award nominations and a Gotham Award for Best Documentary Feature. Additionally the film is now streaming on The Criterion Channel! 

In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—the film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export (the euphoria-inducing khat plant) is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented doc about a particular drug culture. Rather, she has constructed something dreamlike: a film that uses light, texture, and sound to illuminate the spiritual lives of people whose experiences often become fodder for ripped-from-the-headlines tales of migration.

Screeners are available and director Jessica Beshir is available for interviews to talk about her stunning debut feature film. 

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Janus Films
presents

FAYA DAYI
A Film by Jessica Beshir
Executive Produced by Tony Hsieh, Roberto Grande, Mimi Pham, Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett, 
Rhianon Jones, Matthew Petock, Daniel Patrick Carbone and Zachary Shedd

Oscar® Shortlist for Best Documentary Feature Academy Award
Nominee – Film Independent Spirit Award – Truer Than Fiction
Three International Documentary Association Including Best Documentary Feature
Two Critics Choice Documentary Award Nominations Including Best First Feature
Five Cinema Eye Honors Nominations Including Outstanding Feature Film
Nominee – Gotham Awards – Best Documentary Feature
Winner – DOC NYC – Cinematography Award

About the Film FAYA DAYI
In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—the film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export (the euphoria-inducing khat plant) is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented doc about a particular drug culture. Rather, she has constructed something dreamlike: a film that uses light, texture, and sound to illuminate the spiritual lives of people whose experiences often become fodder for ripped-from-the-headlines tales of migration.

    

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We would like to thank David Magdael & Associates for the press release.