Dear Friends, Family and Fans,
After five years of hard work, our feature film DIFRET, will be entering the film festival circuit. DIFRET is a film based on a true story about a legal precedent setting case that outlawed child marriage in Ethiopia.
In order to prepare for our world premiere we need to raise at least $20,000 to be able to complete a submission copy of the film. All in all, we need to raise $75,000 to finish ALL post-production costs including the sound edit, color correction and online process.
If we are lucky enough to get into a film festival, there are also expenses associated with actually getting there, like airfare, hotels, posters, etc. So the more we raise the better.
We appreciate any contribution you can make towards helping us complete this journey. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
The DIFRET Team
Film Synopsis: DIFRET
Meaza Ashenafi is a workaholic and the founder of an organization that provides free legal aid services to poor women and children in need. As a young lawyer and a tireless advocate for women she operates under the government’s radar until one legal case exposes everything and threatens the survival of her work.
14-year-old Hirut Assefa is abducted while walking home from school by a 29-year-old farmer who intends to marry her. Hirut shoots and kills her abductor with his own rifle, in an attempt to get back to her parents.
Hirut is charged with murder by the local police and kept in prison without bail. She is facing the death penalty though she claims her actions are in self-defense. The news about Hirut’s case spreads like wildfire in the media throughout Ethiopia and Meaza seeks to represent her in the legal proceedings.
Inspired by this young girl’s courage, Meaza embarks on a long tenacious battle to save Hirut’s life. As the trial unfolds, these two women’s lives become inextricably linked. The emotional toll caused by the highs and lows of their legal battle tests the limits of everything that Meaza and Hirut hold dear.
Written and Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Mehret Mandefro - Producer
Leelai Demoz - Producer
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari - Producer
Francesca Zampi - Executive Producer
Julie Mehretu - Executive Producer
Jessica Rankin - Executive Producer
Lacey Schwartz - Executive Producer
Monica Lenczewska - Director of Photography
Agnieszka Glinska - Editor
Carrie Lynn Certa
David Shommer and David Eggar
Risks and challenges
We have overcome so many risks and challenges in getting to this point. Our largest obstacle filming on location in Ethiopia on 35mm was the fact that there were no film labs to process our film. So we had to orchestrate sending our dailies to Mumbai, India to develop the film and come back to set. It was quite the logistical feat. But we did it.
As we approach the last few steps of completing this film - the final post production pieces of the sound edit, color correction and online - the largest challenge is to make sure that the additional people who will become part of the team (the sound editor and post production lab techs) will be able to seamlessly integrate with our already robust and established team in a timely manner. At this phase time truly is money and everything must stay according to schedule so that we do not go over budget and can be done in time to screen at festivals this fall. Any issues with the facilities or technical issues that arise could throw our entire budget off and schedule off. That being said we have already begun thinking about how to make sure this does not happen. We are having pre-meetings with the post-production team to make sure they have everything they need and are reviewing our specs ahead of time so that we can trouble shoot in advance. We feel confident that we can get over this last hurdle without any of these risks or challenges getting in the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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