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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.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.6/10 (428 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Zeresenay Mehari

Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe

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.

Meron Getnet - Meaza Ashenafi
Tizita Hagere - Hirut Assefa
Abel Abebe - Militia Man
Shitaye Abraha - Etaferaw Teshagen
Genene Alemu - Dr. Tamrat
Semahegn Alemu - Customary Judge
Teferi Alemu - Village Judge
Deribwork Assefa - Mrs. Belaynesh
Haregewine Assefa - Membere Yohannes
Hiwot Assefa - Emmet - the secretary
Yohannes Belay - Alemu
Mehret Belete - Militia Man
Getachew Debalke - Mr. Hiruy
Yeneneh Engedawok - Village Teacher
Tewodros Jembere - Customary Judge


Official Website: Official site

Country: Ethiopia, USA

Language: Amharic

Release Date: 23 September 2015

Filming Locations: Ethiopia

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

It means a lot For Ethiopian Cinema that this Film wins at sundace film festival Cause more directors can tackle this kinds of big issues in the country & i wanna say Congrats to mr.Zeresenay for his achievement & Being an inspiration for other Ethiopian and African directors .........next i want to see him to work on projects like ....emperor Minilik(The Ethiopian King Who defeat the Italian army Without Gun) & more ....Hope you don't take long time to come back.....also i want to say thanks To ANJELINA JOLIE for being one the producers in this foreign film

The Acting in this film is Excellent specially Meron Getnet did a nice job.The flow & Vibe of this movie is very good


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