Mina is 16 years old and has lived under the shadow of the Ethiopian Civil War her entire life. Her family is Jewish and planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina’s mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods so as to evade being drafted into Mengistu Haile Mariam’s army.
As a child, writer-director Aalam-Warqe Davidian was among a majority of Ethiopian Jews who emigrated to Israel. Her loosely autobiographical feature debut explores the question integral to much of the current international immigration debate: when war breaks out, who gets to flee and who’s left with nowhere to run?