Threats to the lives of young women in Hirut’s situation are a real and disturbing occurrence that has its roots deep in local tradition.

It’s a revealing message that deserves to be witnessed raw and plain to see. The strong Ethiopian sun shapes a ragged landscape and its people.

Relying largely on natural light, we see dark hut interiors and simple apartments, painted into the backdrop of Ethiopia. Everything as it is.

In a society driven by tradition and small communities, with frequently violent punishments for crimes, Hirut’s experience requires no frills.

Rather, every scene is a portrait of relationships, carried by characters that each embody a different Ethiopian perspective on these changes.