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Difret (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $49,667Details
International Box Office $7,546Details
Worldwide Box Office $57,213
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $1,427 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $1,427
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The 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.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,001-12,100) 12,002 $49,667
All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,101-10,200) 10,142 $7,546
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,501-15,600) 15,548 $57,213

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 16th, 2015 (Limited) by Truth Aid/Amplify
International Releases: September 10th, 2015 (Wide) (Colombia)
Video Release: February 2nd, 2016 by Passion River
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 99 minutes
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Keywords: Kidnap, Ethiopia, Lawyers, Female empowerment, 1990s, Killing in Self Defence
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Haile-Addis Pictures
Production Countries: Ethiopia,
United States


   Meaza Ashenafi
Deribwork Assefa    Mrs. Belanesh
Mekonen Laeake    Mr. Assefa Bekele
Meaza Tekle    Mrs. Mulu Assefa
Shetaye Abreha    Etaferaw Teshager
Mickey Tesfaye    Officer Getachew
Teferi Alemu    Village Judge
Kiya Kenneha    Aregash Assefa
Girma Teshome    Tadele Kebede

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Zeresenay Mehari
Producer    Zeresenay Mehari
Producer    Mehret Mandefro
Producer    Leelai Demoz
Executive Producer    Angelina Jolie Pitt
Executive Producer    Julie Mehretu
Executive Producer    Jessica Rankin
Executive Producer    Francesca Zampi
Executive Producer    Lacey Schwartz
Co-Producer    Jay Spangler
Associate Producer    Sara Menker
Associate Producer    Tewodros Andargachew
Director of Photography    Monika Lenczewska
Production Designer    Dawit Shawel
Editor    Agnieszka Glinska
Costume Designer    Helina Desalegn
Composer    David Schommer
Composer    David Eggar
Make-up and Hair Designer    Temima Hulala
Casting Director    Girma Adane

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/10/23 66 $6,777   1 $6,777   $6,777 1
2015/11/06 75 $4,483   4 $1,121   $38,449 4
2015/11/20 93 $674   4 $169   $48,953 6

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/10/23 68 $10,072   1 $10,072   $10,072 1
2015/10/30 58 $23,894 +137% 3 $7,965   $33,966 2
2015/11/20 93 $1,388   4 $347   $49,667 6

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