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Red Leaves

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2014
  • 80 min.
  • Director(s): Bazzi Gete
  • Producer(s): Elad Peleg, Haggai Arad


Meseganio Tadela is an obstinate man. He immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia with his family 28 years ago and chose to zealously retain his Ethiopian culture. He belongs to a rapidly disappearing generation. Tadela sets out on a journey through his children’s homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life’s harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.

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Bazzi Gete


Elad Peleg, Haggai Arad


Bazzi Gete


Edan Sasson


Lev Goltser


Debebe Eshetu, Hanna Haiela, Ruti Asarsai, Meir Desse, Shula Mola, Solomon Mersha

Original Language

Hebrew, Amharic


English, French, German

Produced with the help of

“Israel Film Fund”, “Avi-Chai” foundation, “Gesher” film-fund, The Israeli cable and satellite council, Yes and the pais council for culture.



Sound designer

Yuri Primanko

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Best Leading Actor Golden Leopard Award
    Canada International Film and Television Festival
  • Winner

    Winner of the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Debut Film
    Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • Winner

    FIPRESCI - the International Federation of Film Critics Award

Afrikamera , Germany, 2018

CinemAfrica Film Festival, Sweden, 2016

Helsinki African Film Festival, Finland, 2016

Cinemed Montpellier International Film Festival, France, 2015

Africa International Film Festival, Nigeria, 2015

New York African Film Festival, USA, 2015

BFI London International Film Festival, UK, 2015

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2015

Matatu International Film Festival, USA, 2015

The Pan African Film Festival, USA, 2015

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2014

Cinema South International Film Festival, Israel, 2014

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  • A Fantastic New Film About Ethiopians in Israel
  • Beautifully acted and carefully written, it shows a side of Israel that doesn't make it to the big screen much.
    Jerusalem Post
  • A great introduction to the growing disillusion with the Israeli 'melting pot'.
    Yael Even Or, Africa is a Country