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Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Films: ‘Difret’ (Ethiopia, 2014)
February 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Difret is 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. Difret paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.
This film screening is presented as part of the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Films. The event is co-sponsored by the Ethiopian Community Organization in North Carolina (ECONC) and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.