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Difret (2014)

Unrated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 23 October 2015 (USA)
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A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.

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Zeresenay Mehari

Writer:

Zeresenay Mehari (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Meron Getnet ... Meaza Ashenafi
Tizita Hagere ... Hirut Assefa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abel Abebe Abel Abebe ... Militia Man
Shitaye Abraha Shitaye Abraha ... Etaferaw Teshagen
Genene Alemu Genene Alemu ... Dr. Tamrat
Semahegn Alemu Semahegn Alemu ... Customary Judge
Teferi Alemu Teferi Alemu ... Village Judge
Deribwork Assefa Deribwork Assefa ... Mrs. Belaynesh
Haregewine Assefa Haregewine Assefa ... Membere Yohannes
Hiwot Assefa Hiwot Assefa ... Emmet - the secretary
Yohannes Belay Yohannes Belay ... Alemu
Mehret Belete Mehret Belete ... Militia Man
Getachew Debalke Getachew Debalke ... Mr. Hiruy
Yeneneh Engedawok Yeneneh Engedawok ... Village Teacher
Tewodros Jembere Tewodros Jembere ... Customary Judge
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Storyline

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 continuing work of her women's legal-aid practice to save Hirut's life. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Country:

Ethiopia | USA

Language:

Amharic

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cesaret See more »

Filming Locations:

Ethiopia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,777, 25 October 2015

Gross USA:

$49,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,205
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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Ethiopia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

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Incredibly moving film
29 June 2015 | by daremercySee all my reviews

This is a brave film that tells the true story about how Ethiopians can bring about change for themselves. It is based on the true story of Meaza Ashenafi, the founder of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and Aberash Bekele - two courageous woman that changed history together. The story is beautifully told and the cinematography is breathtaking. The acting is also unbelievable with powerful performances from both leads. I highly recommend watching it for anyone interested in women's rights, legal reform, and changing cultural practices. It is also a breath of fresh air to see African women positioned in a powerful stance in their own stories as opposed to the usual victim narratives that are too often told. Kudos to the entire film team. I can't wait to see what you make next.


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