Copyright Janus

  • Director

    Jessica Beshir

  • With

    Mohammed Arif, Hashim Abdi

  • Ethiopia-USA-Qatar 2021. 120min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

This hypnotic portrait of life amongst Ethiopia’s Oromo and Harari communities examines the importance of their most lucrative crop, khat. The leaf has been chewed for centuries, for religious and spiritual mediation, and for pleasure. Beshir’s immersive film captures intimate moments in the lives of the community, recording everyday experiences and the yearning for liberation. Atmospheric chiaroscuro photography combines with an intoxicating score to create a unique cinematic experience.