After garnering raves and winning the World Cinematic Audience Award at Sundance last year, DIFRET now is set for a release here in Canada. I’m sure many of you remember the story which inspired this Film, in the news.
DIFRET chronicles a legal-precedent setting court case that outlawed the kidnapping of child brides in Ethiopia. It tells the story of a 14-year-old girl, Hirut Assefa (based on Aberash Bekele), who is kidnapped on her way home from school and subsequently 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, the founder of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, arrives from the city to have her team represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self defence.
The Film is executive-produced by Angelina Jolie.
See the Trailer:
Soda Pictures Canada release DIFRET on Friday, November 6, 2015. You can see it at The Carlton in Toronto.
(Photo/video credit: Soda Pictures Canada)
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