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Difret (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $49,667Details
International Box Office $14,093Details
Worldwide Box Office $63,760
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 12,101-12,200) 12,157 $49,667
All Time International Box Office (Rank 10,801-10,900) 10,847 $14,093
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 16,201-16,300) 16,248 $63,760

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 16th, 2015 (Limited) by Truth Aid/Amplify
International Releases: March 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Poland)
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

Leading Cast

   Meaza Ashenafi

Supporting Cast

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

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Production and Technical Credits

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

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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

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Colombia 9/10/2015 $4,833 10 10 15 $7,546 9/22/2015
Poland 3/27/2015 $6,547 0 0 0 $6,547 6/1/2018
International Total$14,093 6/1/2018

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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