GWI Presents Award-Winning Documentary Difret

February 09, 2016

The Global Women's Institute, GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health and Elliot School of International Affairs proudly present the award-winning drama Difret, followed by a Q & A with producer, Mehret Mandefro.


Thursday, February 18th | 6:00PM - 8:00PM

 The George Washington University Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st Street NW Washington, DC)

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From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt 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. Click here to see the preview.