Difret Screening At BFI London Film Festival - 19.10.14

Posted: Apr, 7th 2015 Contributor: Bilen Shifferaw,

Part of the BFI London Film Festival. As part of the Official Competition for the best film award recognises inspiring,
inventive and distinctive filmmaking

Diricted by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari and produced Mehret Mandefro, 

USA-Ethiopia 2014. 99min. UK Distribution Soda Pictures

An affecting feature debut, Difret details the traumatic experience of an Ethiopian girl accused of killing a man who sexually abused her. On her way back home from school, 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) is kidnapped by a gang of men and forced into marrying their leader Tadele. She is beaten and raped but manages to free herself, escaping with the rifle she uses to shoot her abductor. Arrested and charged with murder, local justice requires that Hirut is executed and then buried with her victim.

However, on hearing about her case a courageous lawyer (Meron Getnet) decides to defend her – at great risk to her
own career. Difret, which means ‘courage’ in Amharic, is a delicate yet impassioned story that offers empowerment and hope to countless women all over the world. 

*screening will be BSL interpreted

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Public booking opens on 10 September 2014. Showing on the 18th October at Vue Cinema and 19th October at Rich Mix

19 October 2014 at 11:45pm - 20 October 2014 at 1:00am
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnel Green Road Shoreditch London E1 6LA
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