'Unlike any other documentary you're likely to see.' - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

'Jessica Beshir's hypnotic, immersive and very beautiful documentary marks an impressive feature debut.' - Allan Hunter, Screen International

'The languid rhythms of the filmmaking mirror the woozy impact of the drug, while a storytelling style that flickers casually between observational verité and esoteric myth-building suggests an in-and-out grasp on reality.' - Guy Lodge, Variety

In the hypnotic and hazily dreamlike documentary Faya Dayi, shot in gorgeous, silvery black and white tones, filmmaker Jessica Beshir plunges the viewer into a spiritual journey and an anthropological exploration of the rituals of ‘khat’. Khat is a leaf chewed by Sufi Muslims for religious meditations that creates a mild euphoria in its users and has become the single most lucrative cash crop in Ethiopia today. The film follows teenaged protagonist Mohammed and his friends as they witness the seductive and destructive effects on the adults around them.