Difret (2014)

Sep 25, 2014 | Drama, General Film

Director: Zeresenay Mehari

Writer(s): Zeresenay Mehari (screenplay)

Starring: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe, Shitaye Abraha, Genene Alemu, Semahegn Alemu, Teferi Alemu, Deribwork Assefa, Haregewine Assefa, Hiwot Assefa, Yohannes Belay, Mehret Belete, Getachew Debalke, Yeneneh Engedawok, Tewodros Jembere, Kiya Kennha, Tesfaye Kinfe, Mekonnen Laeake, Brook Sheferaw, Solomon Teka, Meaza Tekle, Mickey Tesfaye, Girma Teshome, Rahel Teshome, Amaha Tewedaye, Kal Thestome, Feben Yavan, Moges Yohannes

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.

Release Date: September 25, 2014 | Length: 99 min | Genre: Drama | MPAA Rating: Unrated

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