Red Leaves gives us a rare glimpse into Israel’s Ethiopian community through the eyes of 74-year-old Meseganio Tadela, who immigrated to Israel 28 years ago. After his wife dies, Meseganio sells his apartment and moves in with his children. To his shock and dismay, he learns he is not welcome in their homes. The film tells a universal story about displacement, identity, aging, and family generational differences.

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6.4
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IndieWire

14 Mar 2017
8.0
“Red Leaves,” the debut feature of Ethiopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete, had its U.S. premiere at the African Film Festival New York last weekend. I arrived a bit late to the screening, taking my seat halfway through NYAFF Director Mahen ...
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Screen Daily

14 Mar 2017
7.0
King Lear is one inspiration for Ethiopian-Israeli director’s debut feature. With themes of immigration and the family, Ethopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete’s first feature Red Leaves — about an Ethiopian man living in Israel who sells his house ...
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Pop Matters

14 Mar 2017
7.0
Contemporary revisionings of King Lear have been common in the culture, whether it’s Edward Bond offering a Marxist take on the play in Lear (1971) or Jane Smiley’s feminist transposition of the plot to the Iowa cornfields in A Thousand Acres (19 ...
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7M Pictures

14 Mar 2017
6.0
One of the most prevalent issues that I saw tackled in Israeli cinema at the Jerusalem Film Festival was that of the clash between old, traditional values and newer, more modern practices. This isn’t exactly a new concept in itself as art has been ...
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The Jerusalem Post

15 Apr 2015
8.0
Conflict between immigrant parents and their assimilated children is a timeless theme, and Bazi Gete’s Red Leaves tells that story from the point of view of an Ethiopian patriarch in Israel. The film, which won the Anat Pirhi Award for Best Debut F ...

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Release Date(s):

June 9, 2014 (South Film Festival, Israel)
July 27, 2015 (San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA)
February 26, 2016 (CinemAfrica Film Festival, Sweden)

Cinematography:

Edan Sasson

Screenplay:

Bazi Gete

Editor:

Lev Goltser

Sound:

Yuri Priymenko, Lee Zohar

Music:

Dror H. Shiman

Production Company:

Daroma Productions

Language:

Amharic, Hebrew, English

Runtime:

82 minutes

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