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Difret (2015)

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From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country's advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village's tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women's legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut's life and the future of the practice at stake, the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia's oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.

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Cast

Meron Getnet
as Meaza Ashenafi
Tizita Hagere
as Hirut Assefa
Haregewine Assefa
as Membere Yohannes
Brook Sheferaw
as Assistant DA
Mekonen Laeake
as Mr. Assefa Bekele
Meaza Tekle
as Mrs. Mulu Assefa
Shetaye Abreha
as Etaferaw Teshager
Moges W/Yohannes
as Village Police Captain
Mickey Tesfaye
as Officer Getachew
Moges Yohannes
as Village Police Captain
Teferi Alemu
as Village Judge
Kiya Kenneha
as Aregash Assefa
Girma Teshome
as Tadele Kebede
Deribwork Assefa
as Mrs. Belaynesh
Rahel Teshome
as Mrs. Elifnesh
Tesfaye Kinfe
as Alemayehu
Yeneneh Engedawork
as Village Teacher
Genene Alemu
as Dr. Tamrat
Feben Yavan
as Yordanos
Solomon Teka
as Mr. Zenebe
Eshete Assefa
as Mr. Gebeyehu Gebru
Amaha Tewedage
as Customary Judge
Tewodros Jembere
as Customary Judge
Semahegn Alemu
as Customary Judge
Assefa Zerihun
as Supreme Court Clerk
Getachew Sileshi
as Militia Leader
Abel Abebe
as Militia Man
Mehret Belete
as Militia Man
Efrem Adefres
as Village Man 1
Abebayehu Estifanos
as Village Man 2
Feleke Abebe
as Radio Announcer
Nardos Yoseph
as Hirut's Best Friend
Daniel Obse
as Horseman
Essyas Abebe
as Horseman
Ferew Abebe
as Horseman
Ferew Ababe
as Horseman
Endale Berhanu
as Reporter #1
Kuba Mekonen
as Stunt Horseman
Abebe Tadesse
as Stunt Horseman
Genet Kema
as Meseret Aessefa
Belete Endeshaw
as Stunt Horseman
Belay Fekadu
as Stunt Horseman
Gebreyes Kebede
as Stunt Horseman
Yohannes Tadesse
as Stunt Horseman
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Critic Reviews for Difret

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

This plays like Law and Order, but there are also striking glimpses of a backward society in rapid transition.

December 17, 2015 | Full Review…

A compelling portrait of deeply rooted sexism and injustice dragging the nation back to a Bronze Age notion of women's rights.

November 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An affecting drama that is honest and clear-eyed about Hirut's trauma, and the ongoing struggles she'll face even if she's freed, without ever treating her abuse in an exploitative manner.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Mehari's drama about the landmark court case that ended child bride kidnapping in Ethiopia is hardly a sophisticated film. But that can't diminish the importance of its message.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This film is a necessary reminder of what can happen when people preserve tradition for its own sake.

October 29, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Difret" has an earnestness that hovers between plain-spoken and pedestrian, and there are scenes and sequences that just don't come together as written and edited, no matter how admirable the film's existence is.

October 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Difret

It is a bit disappointing to see an important subject matter like this become a rather heavy-handed drama in the hands of a not very talented director, with problems of editing, many unnecessary scenes and lack of emotional weight (unable even to create suspense).

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