Writers/directors DAVID CHIERCHINI, DAVIDE MORANDINI

Director MATTEO KEFFER, DAVIDE MORANDINI

Producers MATTEO KEFFER, DAVID CHIERCHINI, DAVIDE MORANDINI

Fotography MATTEO KEFFER

Editing SERGIO LOLINI

Sound GIANMARCO DE CANDIA

 

a 101 Production in collaboration with Foutsync - Zerosix | Format  HD | Language Amharic  | Duration 48 mins  | HD COLOR 16:9 | Stereo 

"Merqana" explores the social universe of qat, cutting through an only apparently ordinary day in the plant's commodity chain. It follows the fascinating work of Ramadan, a young farmer;Jarso, a successful merchant; and Amir, a young religious leader with a passion for long chewing sessions and traditional Sufi chants. The film unfolds the ways this little-known plant has become extremely popular among the people of Harar, becoming the main source of income for poor farmers and wealthy businessmen.