A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.
Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia's oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women's legal-aid practice to save Hirut's life. Written by
Sundance Film Festival
This is a brave film that tells the true story about how Ethiopians can bring about change for themselves. It is based on the true story of Meaza Ashenafi, the founder of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and Aberash Bekele - two courageous woman that changed history together. The story is beautifully told and the cinematography is breathtaking. The acting is also unbelievable with powerful performances from both leads. I highly recommend watching it for anyone interested in women's rights, legal reform, and changing cultural practices. It is also a breath of fresh air to see African women positioned in a powerful stance in their own stories as opposed to the usual victim narratives that are too often told. Kudos to the entire film team. I can't wait to see what you make next.
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