Catalogue Number: PR0008
Producer: Passion River Films
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Gender Studies, Global Issues, Guidance, Health, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Grade Level: Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2016
Running Time: 99:00
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 forher. 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.
“This is a story of compassion and conviction that ought to inspire everybody.”
-- Secretary of State John Kerry / U.S. State Department
“A film ... which deftly examines the issues faced today by women and girls in rural Ethiopia.”
-- Lauren Said-Moorehouse / CNN
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