Ethiopian Film Difret Banned by Police in the Middle of Inauguration Ceremony

( AddisNews) – World Cinema award winner Ethiopian Film Difret banned by police from screening in the middle of inauguration ceremony here in the capital Addis Ababa.

Difret’s director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari delivered the sad news for the audience with puzzled tone of not knowing what is happening and explained that his team doesn’t have any idea why police wanted to stop the ceremony and screening of this world acclaimed film.

Watch the video Below how the inauguration interrupted and comments of disappointed guests who were so eager to see one of the best films that made by Ethiopians and put the issue of underage marriage in Ethiopia on the spotlight.
Oscar winner actress and director Angelina Jolie and producer of the film delivered a message for the audience through Skype prior to the interruption of the inauguration.

It was 2013 when the filmmakers for Difret raised close to $30,000 via Kickstarter to complete post-production on the film, which was shot in Ethiopia last year on 35mm film (a rarity these days, especially when it comes to indie filmmaking), thanks to support from a production package from Panavison CamerasPipeline Production, the Ministry of Culture Ethiopia, and others, including a previous successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $40,000 of the film’s mid-6-figure budget.

Difret tells the story of a 14-year old girl named Aberash Bekele who was accused of murder after killing the 29-year old man who raped, beat, and abducted her in an attempt to marry her.

Aberash was charged with murder and kept in prison without bail until a female lawyer named Meaza Ashenafi heard about the case and decided to represent Aberash.

With immense odds against them, the 2 women fought a harrowing drawn-out legal battle over a two-year period that would eventually change the lives of Ethiopian women forever.

Oscar winner actress and director Angelina Jolie and producer of the film delivered a message for the audience through Skype prior to the interruption of the inauguration.

 

Including Angelina Dr. Mehret Mandefro an Ethiopian-American physician and anthropologist and Leelai Demoz are the producer of Difret.

Zeresenay,Angelina Jolie, Brad pitt difret film

Julie Mehretu an Ethiopian-American artist, Jessica Rankin an Australian artist, Francesca Zampi and Lacey Schwartz are Executive Producers.

AddisNews will update readers with the reason behind this incident in the coming days.

Difret Film Excerpt

 

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