Difret

Difret

DVD - 2016 | Arabic
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Mongrel Media,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN DIF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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miaone
Mar 01, 2017

The story should have come across as gripping and powerful. It should have had us on the edges of our seats, wanting to know what happens next.

Instead, while the kidnapping and rape of a young teenager is horrific, as presented here, it never exactly comes across that way. Maybe the film makers didn't want to offend the native cultures in Ethiopia; it seemed that way. A better director could have had this be a film we'd all want to recommend to our friends.

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KennyBania
Aug 08, 2016

Excellent story/documentary about modernization vs tradition in Ethiopia. There's nothing second rate about the quality of the production like one of the comments say though. Well done.

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voisjoe1_0
May 13, 2016

This, my first Ethiopian film, is based upon one of the great civil rights cases. Instead of dealing with race or sexual identity as in America, the civil right here is to avoid being a sexual slave. While the construction of the film and the camera work is rather conventional, the subject and the realistic characters are what make this a great film. The actions of the civil rights workers won a Nobel Prize.

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garycornell
May 11, 2016

Angelina Jolie produced this amazingly true story about a 12 year old Ethiopian girl. Her story and many like her would never have come out without the help of Angelina Jolie. The movie is gripping from start to finish. The acting by this young Ethiopian girl will impress you. Films from Ethiopia have a future with outstanding work like "Difret"!

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