Julie Mehretu on Helping to Make the Powerful Ethiopian Film Difret (Vogue)

Julie Mehretu. (Photo: Mark Hanauer / Corbis Outline)

Vogue Magazine


A number of internationally acclaimed visual artists these days are deeply engaged with social issues. Julie Mehretu, who was born in Ethiopia and lives in New York City, is one of them. She was so struck by the true story of a 14-year-old Ethiopian victim of the ancient and cruel tradition of marriage-by-abduction that she sold a major painting to finance and produce Difret, a powerful and moving film based on the girl’s experience. Mehretu, who is currently working to make the issue of abduction a U.S. foreign policy priority, spoke with Vogue.com about helping to make the film, which premieres in New York City on October 23.

Read the Q&A at Vogue.com »

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