Angelina Jolie Joins an Ethiopian Film ‘Difret’ as Executive Producer

According to the hollywoodreporter Angelina Jolie has joined Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature directorial debut Difret, which will have its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.

Centering around a young Ethiopian girl who challenges the tradition of “telefa,” the practice of abduction in marriage, usually of young girls, Jolie describes the film as “a strong moment for art in Ethiopia.”

The Oscar-winning actress will be taking an executive producer and presentation credit on Difret, and went on to reveal, “It is inspiring to see such an important story so beautifully illustrated with such creative talent. It draws out the richness of Ethiopian culture and shows how important legal advances can be made while respecting local culture.anjelina jolie difret ethiopia

“It is a story that gives hope for Ethiopia’s future, and for other countries where countless girls grow up without the protection of laws that shield them and their bodies, and shows how the courage of brave individuals can awaken the conscience of a society,” she said in a statement received by The Hollywood Reporter.

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

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

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Writer/ Director
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari is a writer/director with over a decade of experience making films.

Difret is included in the World Dramatic Competition on the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.. This is the first time in the 30-year history of the festival that an Ethiopian movie will be competing in this category.

Difret will premiere at Sundance on Saturday, January 18 at 9:00pm at the Egyptian Theatre, with more screenings throughout the week.

Ethiopia is a country close to Jolie’s heart as it is where daughter Zahara, nine, was adopted from in 2005. She and Brad Pitt have since returned to the African nation and donated $2 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis there.

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