Alamork Marsha Makes Feature Debut with “Operation Solomon” Drama, ‘Fig Tree’ (On the Fate of Ethiopian Jews)
24 February 2017
Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker Alamork Marsha is developing her feature film debut, “Fig Tree,” which is based on her experiences as a child in war-torn Addis Ababa in 1991.
The script, which has traveled a bit over the last 3 years, won the $50,000 top prize at the pitching event at the Jerusalem International Film Lab in 2014. It was also selected for the Locarno Open Doors Co-production Lab, which was dedicated to Sub-Saharan African cinema that year.
The filmmaker, along with others selected for Locarno, met with and presented their projects to potential international partners in areas of financing and distribution especially.
The Ethiopia-set production on “Fig Tree” (using both non-actors as well as actors from the local theatre scene in Addis Ababa) is produced by Saar Yogev and Naomi Levari at Tel Aviv-based Black Sheep Film Productions, along with Penrose Av Medien and En Compagnie Des Lamas.
It is further supported by Rabinovich Film Fund, Gesher-Avi Hai Production grant, the Beracha Foundation, World Cinema Fund, MFG, CNC-Cinema Du Monde, Gesher Multi Cultural Fund, and Israel Film Fund.