Host a Screening

If you are interested in hosting your own screening, please fill out our online request form. You can also host a screening at your local theater through Tugg. You can find out more about hosting a Tugg screening here.

Book Mehret to Speak

Mehret Mandefro is an award-winning producer/writer and social entrepreneur that draws on her background as a physician and anthropologist to weave textured narratives about the social determinants of health. As lead producer of Difret, Mehret is available for speaking engagements on:

  • Social impact filmmaking
  • Audience engagement
  • Women’s issues
  • Early and forced marriage
  • Filmmaking
  • Women in Film
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social determinants of health

To have Mehret come and speak either with or without a screening of Difret please fill out this form and we will be in touch about the honorarium and/or screening fees.

Watch the Film

Difret is currently available for community screenings and on DVD (below). It is also available on NetflixiTunesAmazon, and VOD.


Difret DVD (for consumer use only)     $25

For international orders there is an extra shipping fee.

This order ships the full version of the film Difret. This version cannot be used for any community, educational or institutional screenings. For those purposes you must purchase an educational/institutional version of the DVD which comes with Public Performance Rights.


Past Screenings

Grandmothers Advocacy Network

December 10, 2016

Oakville, Ontario



October 13, 2016

Toronto, Canada

We Talk Women

October 13, 2016

Toronto, ON

Rainier Arts Center

October 14, 2016

Seattle, WA

University of Minnesota

November 15, 2016

Crookston, MN

Dragonfly Cinema

January 1, 2016

Port Orchard, WA

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas - NYC theatrical opening

October 23, 2015

New York, NY

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Meet writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, producer Mehret Mandefro, and real life subjects Meaza Ashenafi and Aberash Bekele for opening weekend Q and As after the 7pm showing of the film. Friday night Q and A moderated by Marcus Samuelsson.

**NYC run has been extended for another week which means DIFRET will play through Thursday Nov. 5, 2015.

Milwaukee Film Festival

October 5, 2015

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Film Festival

September 30, 2015

Milwaukee, WI

AFI Silver Theater - Washington DC theatrical opening

October 30, 2015

Silver Spring, MD

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Digital Gym

October 30, 2015 - November 5, 2015

San Diego, CA

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

November 4, 2015 - November 5, 2015

Winchester, VA

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AMC North Dekalb Mall 16 - Atlanta theatrical opening

November 6, 2015

Decatur, GA (Atlanta)

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Real Art Ways

November 6, 2015 - November 12, 2015

Hartford, CT

Liberty Theater

November 6, 2015

Camas, WA

Carlton Cinema

November 6, 2015

Toronto, CA

Bear Tooth Theaterpub

November 9, 2015 (one show only)

Anchorage, AK

Gateway Film Center

November 13, 2015

Columbus, OH

St. Anthony Main

November 13, 2015

Minneapolis, MN

Hopkins Film Center

November 13, 2015 (one day only)

Hanover, NH

Princeton University

November 17, 2015

Princeton Garden Theater

International Film Series

November 18, 2015

Boulder, CO

Kiggins Theater

November 20, 2015

Vancouver, WA

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Sie FilmCenter

November 20, 2015

Denver, CO

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Hollywood Theater

November 20, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA


Selamta Family Project

November 20, 2015

Lake Placid, FL

Strand Theater

November 21, 2015 (one show only)

Vicksburg, MO

Carthage Film Festival

November 21-28, 2015

Tunisia, Africa

Difret is in the official competition of the 26th edition of Carthage Film Festival – the oldest film festival in Africa.

Check it out.


November 25, 2015 (one show only)

Sioux Falls, SD

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Mary Fisher Theater

November 28, 2015 - December 1, 2015

Sedona, AZ

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Nevada Theater

November 29, 2015 (one day only)

Nevada City, CA

Tugg Screening: Regal Potomac Yard 16 (7:30pm)

December 1, 2015

Alexandria, VA

3575 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Alexandria, VA, US, 22305

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Tugg Screening: Central Cinema (7:00pm)

December 2, 2015

Seattle, WA


ImageNation Film Festival

December 6, 2015 (two shows)

New York, NY

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Tugg screening: AMC Loews Boston Common (6:30pm)

December 10, 2015

Boston, MA

175 Tremont St, Boston, MA, US, 02111


Bandwidth Theater

December 11, 2015

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Bahai Community of Greater Vienna

December 13, 2015

Vienna, VA

Gene Siskel Film Center

December 19, 2015 and December 22, 2015

Chicago, IL

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Guild Cinema

December 19, 2015 - December 20, 2015

Albuquerque, NM


December 31, 2015

Regina, Saskatchewan

Northwest Film Forum

January 14, 2016

hosted by Vital Voices Northwest Council

Seattle, WA


Tugg screening: SIFF Film Center

January 21, 2016 (7:30pm)

Seattle, WA

305 Harrison St – Seattle Center Campus – On NW side of the Seattle Center in the former Northwest Rooms, Seattle, WA, US, 98109


TUGG screening: Spectrum 8 Theatres

January 21, 2016 (6:30pm)

Albany, NY


East Meadow Public Library

January 25, 2016

East Meadow, NY

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

Gendercide Awareness Project

February 11, 2016

Dallas, TX

Girl Forward - Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

February 18, 2016

Chicago, IL


George Washington University

February 18, 2016

Washington, DC

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

Duke University

February 26, 2016

Durham, NC

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

Center for Creative Leadership

February 26, 2016

Greensboro, NC

Mesilla Valley Film Society

February 26, 2016

Mesilla, NM

African Film Festival

February 27, 2016

Athens, Greece

Q & A with Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Alamo Drafthouse

February 27, 2016

Austin, TX

Colorado Mountain College

March 4, 2016

Glenwood Springs, CO

First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

March 5, 2016

Jacksonville Beach, FL

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

The Little Theatre

March 6, 2016

Rochester, NY

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

Temple University

March 9, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

University of California, Berkeley

March 10, 2016

Berkeley, CA

First Congregational Church (hosted by African Cradle)

March 11, 2016

Berkeley, CA

Carmel Baptist Church

March 17, 2016

Matthews, NC

Aspen Art Museum

March 25, 2016

Aspen, CO

East Meadow Public Library

March 28, 2016

East Meadow, NY

The Sorenson Unity Center (hosted by The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund)

March 31, 2016

Salt Lake City, UT

Young African Professional Network

March 31, 2016

Washington, DC

Vancouver South African Film Festival

April 9, 2016

Vancouver, CA


April 22, 2016

San Luis Obispo, CA

Film Society of Summit

April 22, 2016

Summit, NJ

Harvard University Extension School

April 27, 2016

Cambridge, MA

NAFSA - Association of International Educators Annual Conference

June 1, 2016

Denver, CO

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

Appalachia State University Summer Festival

July 5, 2016

Boone, NC

U.S. Department of State

September 24, 2015

Ambassador Catherine Russell launched a new conveying series Women and Foreign Policy that will look at the relationship between gender inequality and foreign policy, with a focus on solutions and best practices. DIFRET screened at the inaugural event which was a forum on ending early and forced marriage. Dr. Mehret Mandefro delivered the petition’s that were a part of DIFRET’s impact campaign at the event and gave remarks. Watch the video of the event here.


World Bank

September 9, 2015

Launch of Women, Business and the Law 2016 report

Washington, D.C.

Q & A with Mehret Mandefro

Girl Up Leadership Summit

July 14, 2015

Washington, DC

Human RIghts Arts and Film Festival

May 11, 2015

Melbourne, Australia

Australian Premiere

Festival de Valenciennes

March 27, 2015

Valenciennes, France

WINNER: Jury Prize

Pan African Film Festival

February 5, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

WINNER: Best Narrative Film

Athena Film Festival

February 8, 2015

Closing night film. New York, NY


December 12, 2014

Difret had a one week preview run at Laemmle Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. There were Q and As with director, producer, cast and real life subjects after every show.


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

November 17, 2014


Bath Film Festival

November 16, 2014

Bath, UK

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

November 2-15, 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece

Kiev International Film Festival

October 25 ”“ November 2, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine

Zagreb Film Festival

October 19-26, 2014

Zagreb, Croatia

Mumbai Film Festival

October 14-21, 2014

Mumbai, India

London Film Festival

October 8-19, 2014

London, UK

Nominated for the Sutherland Award (Best Directorial Debut)

Festival du Nouveau Cinema

October 8-19, 2014

Montreal, Canada

WINNER: Audience Award / People’s Choice Award

Vancouver International Film Festival

Sept. 25 ”“ Oct. 10, 2014

Vancouver, Canada

Urbanworld Film Festival

September 17-21, 2014

New York, NY

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

September 16-30, 2014

Port of Spain, Trinidad

San Sebastian Film Festival

September 17-27, 2014

San Sebastian, Spain

World Cinema Amsterdam Festival

August 14-24, 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands
WINNER: Audience Award

Locarno Film Festival

August 6-16, 2014

Locarno Switzerland

Durban International Film Festival

July 25, July 27, 2014

Durban, South Africa

Jerusalem International Film Festival

July 11, July 13, 2014

Jerusalem, Israel
Nominated for the Cummings Award for Best Feature Film

Sydney International Film Festival:

June 6, June 8, 2014

Sydney, Australia

Seattle International Film Festival

May 17, May 18, May 24, 2014

Seattle, WA

Jeonju International Film Festival

May 1-May 9, 2014

South Korea

San Francisco International Film Festival

May 3, May 5, May 7, 2014

San Francisco, CA
Nominated for New Director’s Prize

Montclair Film Festival

May 2, 2014

Montclair, NJ

Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam

April 2-6, 2014

Nominated for Yellow Robin Prize

New African Films Festival

March 23, 24, 2014

Silver Spring, MD

Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama)

Feb. 6 ”“ 16, 2014

Berlin, Germany *International premiere
WINNER: Panorama Audience Award

Sundance Film Festival

Jan. 22- Feb 1, 2014

Park City, UT ** World Premiere
WINNER: World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award
Nominated Best Cinematography
Nominated Grand Jury Prize