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DIFRET

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Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

2014 || Ethiopia || 99 mins || 35mm || Color || in Amharic || Feature

WORLD SALES

Films Boutique

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Berlin 2014 – Panorama
Sundance 2014 – Audience Award

SYNOPSIS

Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions.

Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the ongoing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life…

Based on a real-life story, DIFRET goes beneath the layer of polite social customs to explore an aggressively rooted patriarchy that perpetuates inhospitable conditions for women in Ethiopia and portrays the complexity of a country’s transformation toward equal rights, featuring the courageous generation that dares to own it… Moving and inspirational first film and winner of the Sundance 2014 Audience Award. Executive produced by Angelina Jolie.

CAST

Meron Getnet
Tizita Hagere