Difret (2014)

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  • IMDb page: Difret (2014)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 407 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 25 September 2014 (Ethiopia)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: Ethiopia
  • Director: Zeresenay Mehari
  • Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Dave Eggar  David Schommer   
  • Plot Keyword: Self Defense | Tradition | Lawyer | Escape | Rifle

Writing Credits By:

  • Zeresenay Mehari (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Official submission of Ethiopia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • “Difret” is based on an actual drama that took place in 1996 and whose main protagonist was Aberash Bekale, a young Ethiopian girl. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • French visa # 142194. 0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Swiss visa # 1010.108. 0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: 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. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 bySundance Film Festival

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Produced By:

  • Emanuel AG known as associate producer
  • Carrie Lynn Certa known as line producer
  • Leelai Demoz known as producer
  • Angelina Jolie known as executive producer
  • Mehret Mandefro known as producer
  • Zeresenay Mehari known as producer
  • Julie Mehretu known as executive producer
  • Jessica Rankin known as executive producer
  • Lacey Schwartz known as executive producer
  • Jay Spangler known as co-producer
  • Andargachew Tewodros known as associate producer
  • Francesca Zampi known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Meron Getnet known as Meaza Ashenafi
  • Tizita Hagere known as Hirut Assefa
  • Abel Abebe known as Militia Man
  • Shitaye Abraha known as Etaferaw Teshagen
  • Genene Alemu known as Dr. Tamrat
  • Semahegn Alemu known as Customary Judge
  • Teferi Alemu known as Village Judge
  • Deribwork Assefa known as Mrs. Belaynesh
  • Haregewine Assefa known as Membere Yohannes
  • Hiwot Assefa known as Emmet – the secretary
  • Yohannes Belay known as Alemu
  • Mehret Belete known as Militia Man
  • Getachew Debalke known as Mr. Hiruy
  • Yeneneh Engedawok known as Village Teacher
  • Tewodros Jembere known as Customary Judge
  • Kiya Kennha known as Aregash Assefa
  • Tesfaye Kinfe known as Alemayehu
  • Mekonen Laeake known as Assefa Bekele
  • Brook Sheferaw known as Assistant D.A.
  • Solomon Teka known as Mr. Zenebe
  • Meaza Tekle known as Mrs. Mulu Assefa
  • Mickey Tesfaye known as Officer Getachew
  • Girma Teshome known as Tadele Kebede
  • Rahel Teshome known as Mrs. Elifnesh
  • Amaha Tewedaye known as Customary Judge
  • Kal Thestome known as Aster
  • Feben Yavan known as Yordanos
  • Moges Yohannes known as Police Captain Teshone

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  • Temima Hulala known as makeup artist


Production Companies:

  • Haile Addis Pictures
  • Truth Aid (in association with) (as Truth Aid Media)

Other Companies:

  • Emebet Afework  catering
  • L.V.T.  french subtitles: original version with subtitles
  • Public Système Cinéma, Le  publicity: France

Additional Details


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