One day on her way home from school, 14 year old Hirut is surrounded by a group of men on horseback. The men are out to kidnap her and force her into marriage, as is the custom on the Ethiopian countryside. Hirut resists and in the ensuing skirmish, she accidentally ends up shooting her would-be-husband. As the girl is put on trial for her crime, a young female lawyer arrives from the big city to defend her. Quiet and powerful, DIFRET is a thought-provoking drama about the rights of women in a culture shaped by ancient patriarchal traditions.
Zeresenay Mehari (Ethiopia) DIFRET (2014) is Meharis first feature film