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The year is 1989, and the Ethiopian Civil War has plunged the nation into economic hardship and political repression.

In the midst of this turmoil, 16-year-old Mina has an opportunity envied by the Christian majority: to follow in the footsteps of her Jewish mother and emigrate to Israel. But for Mina, fleeing the country means leaving her boyfriend Eli behind, just as he is at risk of getting drafted into the military. Mina sneaks away from her watchful grandmother to visit him in the verdant countryside, where he spends his days on high alert for the conscription kidnappers. Named for the tree around which Eli hides and where the lovestruck young couple brace themselves for tragedy, the film is a sensitive portrayal of the human stakes in a conflict and migration that long ago faded from the headlines but which lives on in the minds and bodies of those who survived and the generations that followed.

World Premiere


Betalehem Asmamawe
Yohannes Musa
Rodas Gizaw

Production Companies Black Sheep Film Productions, Av Medien, En Compagnie Des Lamas
Producers Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari

CoProdcuers Felix Eisels, Sandrine Brauer

Line Producer Ran Friedberg
Cinematographer Daniel Miller
Editor Arik Lahav Leibovich
Production Manager Daniel Haile
Sound Recordist
Ludo Elias
Casting Esther Kling
Production Designer Danny Avshalom
Music by John Gutiler, Jan Miseree


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Supported by

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Festivals & Awards

World Premiere - TIFF 2018

WINNER Best Cinematography – Haifa FF 2018
WINNER Israeli Academy Award for best Cinematography 2018
WINNER Best Feature Film, Warsaw JFF 2018 WINNER Best Cinematography, Warsaw JFF 2018 WINNER Best Feature Film, Tarifa-Tangir FF 2019 WINNER Best Film V’ues d’Afrique FF 2019
WINNER Best Actress V’ues d’Afrique FF 2019 WINNER Emerging Filmmaker Atlanta JFF 2019 WINNER Eurimages Audentia Award TIFF
WINNER 1st Prize, Jerusalem Int'l Film Lab 2014


Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
Bengaluru International Film Festival (India)
Cartagena IFF - FICCI (Colombia)

Vilnius International Film Festival (Lithuania)

Cine por mujeres (Spain)

Seoul International Agape Film Festival (S.Korea)

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (Australia)

Zlin IFF for Children and Youth (Czech Republic)

Filming Italy Sardegna Festival

Roffa Mon Amour (The Netherlands)

Taoyuan Film Festival (S.Korea)

African Film Festival (Germany)

Cinemafrica Film Festival (Italy)

CinemAfrica Film Festival (Sweden)

Film & Whisky (Denmark)

Palm Springs IFF (USA)
Miami JFF (USA)
Seattle IFF (USA)
Moscow JFF (Russia)

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