Difret

Difret

DVD - 2014 | Amharic
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Based on the true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash bwtween cultural traditions and their country's advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village's tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women's legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut's life and the future of the practice at stake, the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia's oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions.
Publisher: [Montclair, NJ] : Truth Aid Media, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVDF DIFRE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 0
NTSC
digital,optical,stereo
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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miaone
Mar 01, 2017

The story should have come across as gripping and powerful. It should have had us on the edges of our seats, wanting to know what happens next.

Instead, while the kidnapping and rape of a young teenager is horrific, as presented here, it never exactly comes across that way. Maybe the film makers didn't want to offend the native cultures in Ethiopia; it seemed that way. A better director could have had this be a film we'd all want to recommend to our friends.

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KennyBania
Aug 08, 2016

Excellent story/documentary about modernization vs tradition in Ethiopia. There's nothing second rate about the quality of the production like one of the comments say though. Well done.

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voisjoe1_0
May 13, 2016

This, my first Ethiopian film, is based upon one of the great civil rights cases. Instead of dealing with race or sexual identity as in America, the civil right here is to avoid being a sexual slave. While the construction of the film and the camera work is rather conventional, the subject and the realistic characters are what make this a great film. The actions of the civil rights workers won a Nobel Prize.

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garycornell
May 11, 2016

Angelina Jolie produced this amazingly true story about a 12 year old Ethiopian girl. Her story and many like her would never have come out without the help of Angelina Jolie. The movie is gripping from start to finish. The acting by this young Ethiopian girl will impress you. Films from Ethiopia have a future with outstanding work like "Difret"!

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