The experience of merqana binds together tens of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and beyond. Similar to that of the legendary Lotus, merqana is a profound state of high, deriving form the chewing of a leafy amphetamine called qat. Set in the ancient, walled city of Harar and its surroundings, the film takes you to an epic journey through the social life of one of the world’s most popular drugs, threading upon green carpets of leaves, and dancing at the rhythm of centuries-old mystic rituals.

A FILM BY David Chierchini, Matteo Keffer, Davide Morandini
PRODUCED BY 101 Film
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Germano Sharafuddin Mancioli, Rosa Russo
IN COLLABORATION WITH Fuorisync, Zerosix
DIRECTED BY Matteo Keffer and Davide Morandini
CINEMATOGRAPHY Matteo Keffer
WRITTEN BY David Chierchini and Davide Morandini
EDITING Sergio Lolini
SOUND Gianmarco De Candia
MUSIC BY Duncan Bellamy, Jack Wylie and Portico Quartet
EDITOR ASSISTANT Guido M. Coscino
WEB DESIGN Leonardo Maltese and Matteo Brogi
WEB DEVELOPER Dan

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