Difret | PREVIEW

Sun 2 Nov| 18:00| Ritzy Brixton


Dir. Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, with Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere
USA/Ethiopia, 2014, Amharic with English subtitles, 99min, Colour, DCP

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 argues that she acted in self-defence. Based on a real-life story, Difret goes beneath the layer of polite social customs to explore an aggressively rooted patriarchy that perpetuates abuse and injustice for women in Ethiopia. Exploring the complexity of a country’s journey towards equal rights, Difret portrays the courageous generation of women that are spearheading this necessary transformation.