The producer of the controversial Amharic film Difret, which is currently banned in Ethiopia, has another headache to deal with. Zersenay Berhane is now being sued by the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), over what they say is misleading information in the film.
EWLA said, during a press conference that their name was altered without their permission in the film and that the lawyer did not receive proper credit. Zenaye Tadesse , chairman of EWLA argued that the name of the association has been changed to Andent, and the film falsely show the lawyer getting Aberash out of jail through nepotism which is not really what happened. Aberash Bekele, the real life protagonist in the movie successfully halted the film’s screening on September 3. However through negotiations she agreed to let it be viewed. However, 15 days later the film was banned again after the family of Etagegne Lemessa who was the lawyer for Aberash and died several years ago said that they were not asked for permission before making the film.
The film, which cost USD one million, won two international film awards and was a BBC documentary about a 14 year old girl who kills her rapist but is found innocent with the help of her lawyer.