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MUBI takes UK, Lat Am, Italy, France, Germany, More, on “ Faya Dayi ” – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Arthouse streamer and theatrical distributor MUBI acquired all rights to the documentary Sundance Faya Dayi in the UK and Ireland, Latin America, Italy, France, Germany, Turkey and India.

Jessica Beshir’s feature debut takes a trip to the highlands of Harar, Ethiopia to observe the rituals of khat, a potent plant that Sufi Muslims chewed for religious meditations – and which is now the main commercial crop. most lucrative in Ethiopia. Through the prism of the khat trade, the film traces the stories of people caught between violent government repression, khat-induced fantasies and dangerous journeys across borders.

Faya Dayi will also screen at Visions du RĂ©el, the Hot Docs Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival this month. Brooklyn-based Mexican-Ethiopian filmmaker Beshir is also producing the feature.

Janus Films Takes North American Rights to “Faya Dayi”, “Beautifully Cinematic” Documentary by Director Jessica Beshir

Cinetic Media manages the sales of international rights and the agreement was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

Beshir is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Research Fellowship, the Jerome Foundation, the Doha Film Institute, and the NYSCA Artist Fellowships. His short films have been screened at festivals and museums around the world, including the Rotterdam Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Museum of the Moving Image NY and the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam.

Next multi-territory MUBI releases include Oscar nominated Chloe Zhao’s first feature film Songs that my brothers taught me on April 9, Emma Seligman’s Baby Shiva June 11 Sweat By Magnus von Horn, Dash Shaw’s Cryptozoo, The title of Berlinale by Andreas Fontana Azor and What do you see when you look at the sky by Alexandre Koberidze. MUBI also recently acquired all rights in the UK, Ireland and Turkey to Celine Sciamma’s latest feature film Little mom and plans to hit theaters in all territories. The buyer also announced this week that he will release Sergei Loznitsa State funeral in select US theaters on May 7.

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