The geography of child marriage

The outreach program that accompanies our film DIFRET targets the issues of child marriage and violence against women. In preparation for the release of our film we will be posting a series of articles that educate our readers about these issues. The diagram, taken from Breaking Vows: Early and Forced Marriage and Girl’s Education, visualizes the worldwide prevalence of child marriage.

Early Marriage Map

 

Early marriage key

 

Name change: Little White Lie

We have been hard at work and 2013 proves to be a big year for Truth Aid as we prepare to release two feature length films, one narrative and one documentary.

Our feature length documentary  LITTLE WHITE LIE formerly called OUTSIDE THE BOX is being co-produced with the Independent Television Service and explores issues of identity and race in America. Stay tuned for further announcements.

DIFRET: About

DIFRET, formerly called OBLIVION, is a feature length narrative film based on the true story of a legal-precedent setting case that outlawed abduction for marriage in Ethiopia. It tells the story of an Ethiopian lawyer named Meaza Ashenafi whom is the founder of a legal aid organization in Ethiopia that provided free legal services for over 30,000 women. The film follows one of Meaza’s high profile court cases against the practice of abduction for marriage and the legal precedent it sets.

DIFRET was shot in Ethiopia on 35mm film  and is currently in post-production. The film’s spoken language is Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia.

DIFRET has received support from Panavison Cameras, Apache Rentals, Cinelease, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Ethiopian Ministry of Culture, Olafur Eliaisson, Matt Stone, Angela Howard  and many other amazing individuals like you.Thanks to everyone who has generously supported this project especially our most recent donors who made post-production possible. We can’t wait to finish the film and share it with all of you.  DIFRET has received support from Panavison Cameras, Apache Rental, and individuals like you.

 

 

Little White Lie: About

One woman’s quest to uncover a secret that will change the way audiences talk about race, family, and identity.

Lacey Schwartz thought she knew who she was. Then she learned differently. At eighteen she discovered that her biological father was not the white man who raised her but a black man with whom her mother had an affair. Suddenly Lacey’s Jewish upbringing didn’t tell the whole story. While the truth about her paternity explained the way  she looked, she was only left with more questions that she never asked until her biological father died and the truth started to come out.

LITTLE WHITE LIE (formerly called Outside the Box)  is a first-person documentary about one woman’s quest to face the truth, and move forward with her life. At its core, it is a journey of self-discovery about how to overcome a little girl’s shame about not knowing who she was and the denial she and her family have carried for thirty years.

The film  is part of a larger multi-platform project that also includes a video installation, online interactive content and a community-building outreach initiative that addresses the boundaries of race, family secrets and denial.

 

WINNER OF TRIBECA ALL ACCESS DOCUMENTARY CREATIVE PROMISE AWARD, ITVS DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT FUND RECIPIENT, CHARLES AND ANDREA BRONFMAN FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENT, ROI SCHUSTERMAN FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENT, UJA FEDERATION OF NY GRANT RECIPIENT, VOTED ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND EFFECTIVE PROJECTS IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY BY SLINGSHOT, NETFLIX RED ENVELOPE EQUIPMENT GRANT RECIPIENT, HARTLEY FILM FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENT, FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE KROLL DOCUMENTARY GRANT RECIPIENT, SAN FRANCISCO FEDERATION ENDOWMENT FUND GRANT RECIPIENT, IFP MARKET OFFICIAL SELECTION, FIRELIGHT MEDIA PRODUCER’S LAB PARTICIPANT, RIGHTEOUS PERSONS FOUNDATION GRANTEE.

  • Directed and produced by Lacey Schwartz
  • Cinematography and Co-directed by James Adolphus
  • Produced by Mehret Mandefro
  • Edited by Toby Shimin and Erik Dugger