DIFRET has many shades of meaning in Ethiopia's native language, Amharic. It can mean "to dare" and "to have courage" but it can also mean "to be violated."
Like its title, the film represents many things. It's a work of fiction based on a true story of courage and change; it's one of the only films from Ethiopia shot on 35mm film; and it received international recognition in the form of executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt. But above all, DIFRET tells the story about a traditional practice through the experience of one frightened girl caught in a whirlwind beyond her control.
DIFRET was written and directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, an award winning filmmaker who is currently producing and directing the film adaption of the book, Sweetness in the Belly (2019).
Q&A with Guests:
Lorris Herenda, Executive Director, Yellow Brick House
Seema Allahdini, Public Education & Outreach, Women's Support Network of York Region