IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY
"devastating" - MACLEANS
"haunting documentary” - POV
On December 10, 2007, a 16-year-old Toronto schoolgirl, Aqsa, was strangled to death; her father and brother are charged with murder. Three weeks later, teenage sisters were shot to death in Dallas; their father is wanted for murder. Six months later, a 19-year-old college student was stabbed by her brother; he was convicted and is now in jail in New York. Friends and family of the murdered girls paint a chilling portrait of the forces that led to their deaths, and Toronto schoolgirls talk about their lives of constant fear.
While Muslim women organize to help girls at risk and the imam at a Toronto mosque teaches that violence has no basis in Islam, some men continue to justify these crimes through patriarchal beliefs about family honour. Award-winning director Shelley Saywell brings her consummate documentary skills and passion for human rights to challenge the traditions that lie behind the heartbreaking tragedies committed against young girls caught between two cultures in North America.
WITH HABIBA NOSHEEN | REPORTER, FIELD PRODUCER
Habiba is a Canadian journalist and filmmaker based in New York. Her insight and bravery in tackling honour killings in North America led to her collaboration with Saywell on “In the Name of the Family.” Habiba was associate/field producer on the film, but in many ways was the heart and soul of the production. She was able to convince several women to come forward and bravely share their stories with us, and she also facilitated the interview in Attica with the brother of one of the victims. Habiba’s own work can be followed on NPR, New York Times, PBS and other major American media outlets.
BISHARI Film Productions Inc.2010© • 90 mins.
Honour Killing, Canada & US