Difret

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Difret

When a 14-year-old girl is arrested in rural Ethiopia after murdering the man who abducted her, a female lawyer working for a women’s rights organisation decides to take a stand against the country’s legal system. No Ethiopian court has ever acquitted a woman who’s killed in self-defence.

Based on actual events, this is the first Ethiopian feature to get a UK release. Meron Getnet is the charismatic legal crusader who finds herself at odds with the customs of the country, which regard abduction as a traditional part of marriage and which demand the swift killing of the girl for taking a man’s life. Tizita Hagere is thoroughly believable as the vulnerable teenager in the dock, conveying a heartbreaking guilt for bringing such grief to her family.

It’s just a shame the film is slightly ragged, with a tendency to preach when there’s more than enough drama to get the point across. Still, it’s an important story, told with commitment.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday March 6 2015
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Zeresenay Mehari
Screenwriter: Zeresenay Mehari
Cast: Meron Getnet
Tizita Hagere
Rahel Teshome
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