Aalam-Warqe Davidian's won the Audentia Award for Best Female Director at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian makes a startlingly confident feature debut with this story of lives torn asunder by civil war. Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree follows a teenage girl's harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old. The Ethiopian Civil War has been underway her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house with newsprint for wallpaper. The family is Jewish and is 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. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seems set against her. Drawing upon Davidian's own memories of growing up in wartorn Ethiopia, which she left at age 11, Fig Tree offers us a rare opportunity to better understand the impact of civil war on the lives of ordinary people — and it pulls no punches.