Opening at The Ross on Friday, November 19, FAYA DAYI's dreamlike feel and sensory approach to its subject combine to create a documentary that doubles as a spiritual experience. Filmed in luminous black and white, each image more beautiful than the last, FAYA DAYI is not your typical documentary. –Shelia O’Malley, RogerEbert.com [FAYA DAYI is] Unlike any other documentary you're likely to see. –Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times 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 FAYA DAYI is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, November 19 through Thursday, December 2. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—the film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export (the euphoria-inducing khat plant) is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented doc about a particular drug culture. Rather, she has constructed something dreamlike: a film that uses light, texture, and sound to illuminate the spiritual lives of people whose experiences often become fodder for ripped-from-the-headlines tales of migration.