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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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Official Sites:

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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:

$7,100, 23 October 2015

Gross USA:

$38,449
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not bad!
8 October 2014 | by sethmlandersSee all my reviews

I saw this film for my acting class and we're going to meet the filmmakers next week, so I thought I'd share my views on it. As far as the story goes, it's extremely predictable. I'm not going spoil anything, but let's just say that if you watch a lot of movies, you can see the ending from a mile away.

With that being said, I did enjoy this movie and I can see how some may be turned off by it. There are unsettling images along with a controversial plot that shows how much our culture in America is different in Africa. The characters were fresh and not clichéd. As for those scumbag abductors, I'd love to see the tables turned on them because I guarantee that they wouldn't like it one bit.

Overall, it's a decent movie. I'm not going to lie to you, the reader, and say it's a terrible film but at the same time, it's no masterpiece. It's good enough to recommend it and I hope that it gets a theatrical release. Not to mention getting rated by the MPAA, no doubt it'll get an R or PG-13 rating. If you can handle the material for what it is and adapt to the pacing, you'll be glad you saw it!


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