Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Nov 28, 2015 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Nov 29, 2015 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Nov 30, 2015 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Dec 1, 2015 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Film
Release Year:2015
Run Time:99 minutes
Production Country:Ethiopia/USA
Original Language:Amharic/English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Zeresenay Mehari
Cast:Meron Getnet
Tizita Hagere
Abel Abebe


From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama “Difret”, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between 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 deeplyrooted traditions.

“Difret” paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.

“Difret” is an Amharic word that translates into “courage” or “to dare.”

“Excellent by any standard!” raves Kenneth Turan from The Los Angeles Times.