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 ongoing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.
Beneath the layer of polite social customs, an aggressively rooted patriarchy perpetuates inhospitable conditions for women in this engrossing and significant film, based on a real-life story. Ethiopian-born writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari portrays, with panoramic beauty, the complexity of a country’s transformation toward equal rights, featuring the courageous generation that dares to own it.
About the Director
Cast and Credits
Director: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Screenwriter: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Producers: Mehret Mandefro, Leelai Demoz, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Executive Producers: Angelina Jolie, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Francesca Zampi, Lacey Schwartz
Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska
Editor: Agnieszka Glinska
Production Designer: Dawit Shawel
Composers: David Schommer, David Eggar
Principal Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere
Contact: Mehret Mandefro / Haile Addis Pictures / firstname.lastname@example.org / (646) 845-9302