DIFRET (2014)

Difret

Victoria Eugenia Antzokia

Saturday, 18 April 2015 / 16:30

4,20 € (Tickets)

Traditions that violate human rights

Ethiopia-USA. Direction: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Production: Mehret Mandefro, Leelai Demoz, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari / Haile – Addis Pictures, Truth Aid Media. Executive Production: Angelina Jolie, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Francesca Zampi, Lacey Schwartz. Screenplay: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Photography: Monika Lenczewska. Music: David Schommer, David Eggar. dition: Agnieszka Glinska. Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Haregewine Assefa, Brook Sheferaw, Mekonen Leake. Running time: 96 min

LANGUAGE: amharera / SUBTITLES: Spanish

In Addis Abeba, lawyer Meaza Ashenafi has created a network providing support to poor women and children in need of legal aid. She is constantly harassed by the police and the authorities. Even so, she is brave enough to defend Hirut, a 14 year-old girl kidnapped and raped on her way home from school, who had to shoot one of her captors to escape. Despite having acted in self-defense, Hirut may be sentenced to death, because in rural Ethiopa telefa, or marriage by abduction, still exists.

The word difret has two meanings: oddly enough, it can mean either “brave” or “rape”.

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