Interview With ‘Difret’ Director and Producer

Zeresenay Mehari & Mihret Mandefro
Zeresenay Mehari & Mihret Mandefro at Sundance Award ceremony on Jan. 25th, 2014. (Getty Images)

New York (TADIAS) — Last month Difret, an Ethiopian film directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film is currently premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Difret, which was initially funded through Kickstarter — an online crowdfunding platform — chronicles the true story of a teenager, from a rural village in the Arsi region, whose widely publicized arrest for murder in the 90s unleashed a historic court battle that resulted in the girl’s acquittal on the grounds of self-defense and legally ended the traditional practice of child marriage by abduction in Ethiopia.

Click here for the interview with the film’s Director, Zeresenay Mehari and Producer Mehret Mandefro.

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