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Difret – Moving Ethiopian drama focusing on the fight for a young girl’s freedom

There are a lot of good films being made in Africa and we rarely get to see any of them outside of festivals, so Ethiopian filmmaker Zeresenay Mehari’s eye-opening social justice drama, based on a groundbreaking true story, deserves an audience.

14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) is on her way home from school when she is run down by men on horseback, abducted, beaten and raped. Her chief tormentor crows that she is now his ‘bride’ but, as she makes her escape, Hirut grabs his gun and, when cornered, shoots him. And although her poor farmer father had previously rejected her ‘suitor’, because of Hirut’s youth and desire for an education, much of the community is united in wanting her executed.

Source: film.list.co.uk

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