Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Our feature film is nearly complete. We just have to raise finishing funds to submit to film festivals. Help us raise the final amount!
134 backers pledged $29,581 to help bring this project to life.

About

$29,581

134

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.

With Gratitude,

The DIFRET Team

Film Synopsis: DIFRET

ETHIOPIA. 1996.

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. 

Credits

Written and Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Producers

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

Cinematography

Monica Lenczewska - Director of Photography

Editing

Agnieszka Glinska - Editor

Line Producer

Carrie Lynn Certa

Composers

David Shommer and David Eggar

DIFRET was shot on 35mm film
DIFRET was shot on 35mm film

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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    A thank you tweet or facebook post!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Thank you on the film's website. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    36 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Autographed film poster. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Autographed DVD of film. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    T-shirt of the film. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Leather Ethiopian coptic cross necklace created by artisans that were part of our film crew. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Invitation to a limited preview screening in NYC. (Transportation not included). Plus all of the above

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    2 tickets to a preview screening of DIFRET in LA before it officially premieres (transportation not included). Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    Associate Producer credit on the film (end credits). Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Framed original Ethiopian art piece created by the Director. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10,000 About US$ 10,000

    Private dinner with writer/director. Plus all of the above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (60 days)