CRIMES OF HONOUR

“A scorcher – a heartscalding exposé” - Globe & Mail

“Saywell takes her piercing vision to Jordan and Israel’s West Bank for a harrowing perspective” - Toronto Star

Throughout the Islamic world, each year hundreds of women are shot, stabbed, strangled or burned to death by male relatives because they are thought to have “dishonoured” their families. They may have lost their virginity, refused an arranged marriage or left an abusive husband. Even if a woman is raped or merely the victim of gossip, she must pay the price.

Crimes of Honour documents the terrible reality of femicide – the belief that a girl’s body is the property of the family, and any suggestion of sexual impropriety must be cleansed with her blood. We meet women in hiding from their families, a brother who describes his reasons for killing the sister he loved, and a handful of women who have committed themselves to the protection of young women in danger of losing their lives.

Produced by: BISHARI FILM PRODUCTIONS INC
in association with the: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (CBC) 
produced with the participation of the CANADIAN TELEVISION FUND
created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry TELEFILM CANADA: EQUITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM / CTF: LICENCE FEE PROGRAM TELEFILM CANADA: PRODUCTION REVENUE SHARING PROGRAM
with the assistance / participation of the CANADIAN FILM AND VIDEO TAX FUND and the ROGERS DOCUMENTARY FUND

BISHARI Film Productions Inc. 1999© • 56 mins. 
Middle Eastern Studies, Women’s Studies, Global Issues, Human Rights, Islam