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Difret

A true story. 14-year-old Hirut is on her way home when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. She fought back but accidently killed her would-be...

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Difret

DIFRET Drama

A true story. 14-year-old Hirut is on her way home when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. She fought back but accidently killed her would-be husband. Tenacious young lawyer Meza’s decision to defend Hirut threatens not only her career but her life.

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Details

  • Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
  • Meron Getnet
    Tizita Hagere
  • Ethiopia
  • Amharic
  • 99 minutes
  • 2014

Accolades

Berlin International Film Festival, 2014

Best Film (Panorama Audience Award)

Sundance Film Festival, 2014

World Cinema – Dramatic (Audience Award)

Critics

Hollywoodreporter

"A quiet and powerful drama, based on a true story, that relies on familiar storytelling tropes”

Huffpost

"...shows the extraordinary talent and creativity of Ethiopian filmmakers."

Trivia

Tefela encourages young men to abduct (aka: kidnap), hide (aka: imprison), repeatedly rape, impregnate, and forcibly marry young women, even children as young as 11

As a result of this case, tefela became illegal in Ethiopia in 2000

The film’s title, Difret, has a dual meaning. In Ethiopia’s official language, Amharic, difret most frequently means “courage” or “to dare.” However, difret also refers to “the act of being raped.

• Official submission of Ethiopia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. IMDB