Ethnic Storytelling

image: Jail & Village Council
“Difret” is a docudrama that tells a straightforward and unpretentious story of a 14 year old Ethiopean girl who faced murder charges for killing her abductor and rapist. The story of her trial and vindication made international news in the mid 1990s.
At that time it was estimated that 30% of Ethiopian marriages began with abduction and rape. In this film, as in real life, the abducted girl was defended by an organization established to provide pro bono services for abused women—the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.
Lacking polish this film nevertheless does a good job of showing how far removed the rural poor are from the urban middle class in Ethiopia.
This film is hard to find. There is a BBC sponsored documentary on the same topic: Youtube.
J Adrian Zimmer
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