2014, Zeresenay Mehari, Ethiopia/USA, 99 min. With Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere.
- Sat, Dec 19th 3:00pm
- Tue, Dec 22nd 6:00pm
"Compelling … authentic and affecting … a dramatic yet nuanced window into a culture we almost never see." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An important story told with commitment.” – Trevor Johnston, Time Out London
Fourteen year-old Hirut is kidnapped and raped on her way home from school, a brutal event considered an accepted prelude to a marriage proposal in rural Ethiopia. When she momentarily gains control of her attacker’s gun and kills him, the authorities in this male-dominated, tradition-bound society demand her execution. Executive-produced by Angelina Jolie and Black Harvest filmmaker Lacey Schwartz (LITTLE WHITE LIE),, DIFRET dramatically reenacts a true story, as one woman, a lawyer, comes forward to aggressively protect and defend the girl in the face of the reality that no Ethiopian woman has ever been exonerated for killing a man in self defense. In Amharic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)