Angelina Jolie Presents: DIFRET (Courage)
Angelina Jolie Presents: DIFRET, an Award-winning drama based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl. Screenings for Difret begin October 23, 2015
Audience Award Winner: Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival
“Compelling… Authentic.” – LA Times
“A story of conscience and conviction that that ought to inspire everybody.”- Secretary John Kerry
“Misogyny, tradition, innocence and experience are among the themes given a sophisticated treatment herein.” – Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
From executive producer Angelina Jolie 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 deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.