Faya Dayi (2021)

Faya Dayi

Faya Dayi (2021)

A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, where khat, a euphoria-inducing plant, holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, Faya Dayi captures moments in the lives of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from political strife. -POV


Film Facts
Sub-Genres:Biography, People
Run Time:1 Hour 20 Mins
District Grade:B+
How to Watch
Free:PBS
Buy/Rent:N/A
Photo credits (C) Faya Dayi All Rights Reserved

The District’s Quick Hits

Awards:Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Documentary Film ASC Award Winner (American Society of Cinematographers), Best Documentary Golden Athena Award Winner (Athens International Film Festival), ZINEBI First Film Award Winner (Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films), Outstanding Foreign Film Black Reel Award Nominee (Black Reel Awards), Emerging Cinematic Vision Award Nominee (Camden International Film Festival), Documentary Films Competition Golden Frog Award Nominee (Camerimage), Documentary Feature Film Tanit d’Or Award Nominee (Carthage Film Festival), Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design Award Nominees (Cinema Eye Honors Awards), Best First Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography Nominees (Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards), International Dox Award Nominee (Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival ), Best Documentary Audience Award Nominee (Encounters South African International Documentary Festival), Truer Than Fiction Award Winner (Film Independent Spirit Awards), Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award Winners (Full Frame Documentary Film Festival), Best Film Nominee (Ghent International Film Festival), Best Documentary Gotham Independent Film Award Nominee (Gotham Awards), Audience Award Winner (Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival), International Long Documentary Award Nominee (International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala), Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography Nominees (International Documentary Association), Compétition internationale Award Nominee (La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival), Documentary Film Award Nominee (London Film Festival), FIPRESCI Prize, International Feature Film Competition Winners (Nyon Visions du Réel), Documentary Competition Award Nominee (Seattle International Film Festival), World Cinema – Documentary Award Nominee (Sundance Film Festival)  
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:97% (Tomatometer), N/A (Audience)
Director:Jessica Beshir
Cast: Kawa Sherif, Salih Sigirci
Where To Stream sections are based on the films location at the time of the article’s published date. Some films may no longer be available on certain streaming services. We are not affiliated with Rotten Tomatoes. We are not affiliated with IMDB.


What did you grade Faya Dayi?

You already voted!

S. Murphy
S. Murphy

S. Murphy is the lead contributor at The Documentary District. His favorite documentary topics are: the Disney Parks, businesses, and all things 1990s pop culture.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: