Difret (2013)

Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 36mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords abduction, courtroom, Ethiopia, human rights, lawyer, murder, prison, teen, trial, women
Status Wrapped
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Lacey Schwartz Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Monika Lenczewska Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Agnieszka Glinska Editor n/a 172 7000001
Dave Eggar Music n/a 120781 8000002
Dave Schommer Music n/a 120781 8000001
Francesca Zampi Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Julie Mehretu Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari Director n/a 2 2000001
Tizita Hagere Actor Hirut Assefa 1 1000002
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari Producer n/a 3 3000001
Mehret Mandefro Producer n/a 3 3000002
Angelina Jolie Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Leelai Demoz Producer n/a 3 3000003
Meron Getnet Actor Meaza Ashenafi 1 1000001
Meaza Ashenafi is a workaholic and the founder of an organization that provides free legal aid services to poor women and children in need. As a young lawyer and a tireless advocate for women she operates under the government's radar until one legal case exposes everything and threatens the survival of her work. 14-year-old Hirut Assefa is abducted while walking home from school by a 29-year-old farmer who intends to marry her. Hirut shoots and kills her abductor with his own rifle, in an attempt to get back to her parents. Hirut is charged with murder by the local police and kept in prison without bail. She is facing the death penalty though she claims her actions are in self-defense. The news about Hirut's case spreads like wildfire in the media throughout Ethiopia and Meaza seeks to represent her in the legal proceedings. Inspired by this young girl's courage, Meaza embarks on a long tenacious battle to save Hirut's life. As the trial unfolds, these two women's lives become inextricably linked. The emotional toll caused by the highs and lows of their legal battle tests the limits of everything that Meaza and Hirut hold dear.