THU, 16 JANUARY 2014
Angelina Jolie has a new credit to add to her resume – executive producer of the Ethiopian movie Difret!
The film will be heading to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this week as an entry in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and now it has one of the world’s biggest stars putting her support behind it.
Angelina will be taking a presentation credit on the film and there is no word yet if the title will be changed, according to Deadline. The movie tells the story of a girl and a female lawyer who take on the Ethiopian tradition of “telefa,” which means marriage by abduction.
“This film is a strong moment for art in Ethiopia”, Angelina said in a statement. “It is inspiring to see such an important story so beautifully illustrated with such creative talent. It draws out the richness of Ethiopian culture and shows how important legal advances can be made while respecting local culture. It is a story that gives hope for Ethiopia’s future, and for other countries where countless girls grow up without the protection of laws that shield them and their bodies, and shows how the courage of brave individuals can awaken the conscience of a society.”
Angelina Jolie has joined Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature directorial debut Difret, which will have its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.
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
Source : compiled from agencies