“Red Leaves was notable for its cinematography, storytelling, and tour de force performance of its lead actor.” – Indiewire
First-time director Bazi Gete crafts an absorbing drama offering a rare insight into Israel’s Ethiopian community. When Meseganio decides to live with his sons, tensions erupt as his patriarchal authority is undermined by his sons’ assimilation of modern Israeli influences. Zealously guarding the customs dearest to his heart, Meseganio confronts the fierce struggle to pass on those traditions to his family. Resonating with an intimate reality of the immigrant experience, Gete elicits wonderfully naturalistic performances to shatteringly powerful effect.
Winner: Best First Film – Jerusalem Film Festival