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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense Ethiopian film makes case for girls'/women's rights.

Movie NR 2015 99 minutes
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This is a powerful, intense film about an important subject that it explores without flinching. Hirut's experience is horrific, made even more terrible by the knowledge that abduction-marriage is common in Ethiopia and that the film is based on fact. Hagere, the young star, is impressive as a scared teen who's forced to endure terrible treatment, first at the hands of her kidnappers, and then by the police and village elders, who seem to have little to no regard for the rights of a teenage girl. Getnet is just as compelling as Meaza, a female lawyer who refuses to back down in a country where everything seems to be rigged against women. Together, the two stars make Difret into a movie that's sometimes tough to watch but shouldn't be missed.

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