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Difret

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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 continuing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.

FESTIVALS, AWARDS & REVIEWS

Sundace Film Festival 2014: Winner of the Audience Award Berlinale 2014: Winner of the Audience Award “A powerful drama based on a true story.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER “Compelling. Authentic.” LA TIMES

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Datasheet

Original Title
Difret

Release Date
10 March 2018

Duration
99 min

Genre
Drama, History

Director
Zeresenay Mehari

Writer(s)
Zeresenay Mehari

Cast
Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe

Country
USA, Ethiopia

Language
Amharic

Year
2014

Age Rating
M/12

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