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Still from 'Faya Dayi'

Ethiopia: Film ‘Faya Dayi’ delves into the country’s khat obsession

Filmmaker and actress Jessica Beshir discovered khat purely by accident. In her film Faya Dayi, which debuted to instant critical acclaim at ... the Sundance film festival in January before winning the grand jury prize at Visions du Réel in Switzerland, she traces the growing reliance on Ethiopia’s khat trade in her home region of Harar in an attempt to pin down a country she can hardly recognise anymore.