Forbidden Trailer: Forbidden is a short dramatic thriller that follows a Sikh woman named Jasleen, who is running away with her Muslim lover, Fahwaz. Jasleen’s culture and religious conscious parents want her to marry within the Sikh community, and are shocked when she suddenly disappears. After Jasleen and Fahwaz elope, they think they’ve found happiness—but Jasleen’s family tracks the couple Read more about Forbidden: A New Film About Honor Violence[…]
By: Paula Kweskin and Amanda Hernandez
Four years ago, the world watched the Arab Spring unfold. Human rights activists around the globe anticipated and hoped for revolutionary action in the Middle East. A movement that began at a small produce stand in Tunisia caused dictators to fall in Libya and Egypt, while causing others to strengthen extreme policies in order to quell growing dissent.
Interview with Rita:
An Iraqi-Christian Woman’s Life After ISIS
HD: Rita, tell us about yourself and your life.
Rita: I’m a girl in my early 20s: very ambitious and smart, according to what people say. I had a bitter childhood, filled with family struggles. I was living in Mosul after ISIS gained control. We managed to escape to Kurdistan. Our village was freed, but we could not return because of the remaining threat.
By Evan Darraji
I’m calling you ‘my not dear father’ because, to me, you are nothing more than the biological causation of my existence in this world. Your efforts to program me and train me for many years, like an ideological machine that was programmed to do this work, was not out of love from me; you did it to get personal pleasure, as your religion dictates. You liked using this tool in order to be the head of the family, where there are few females, in order to prove your male tribal existence, and to fulfil your duty in training the women to be obedient.
A feature film by DANISH RENZU
In the majestic Himalayan mountain range that spans India from the North all the way to the East, we focus in on the incredibly beautiful state of Kashmir in the North, the abode of Mystics and artisans but also raked with political turmoil. The land where tourists flock for vacations and it was a sought after landscape for decades, for many Bollywood movies.
Written By: Reda El-Danbouki
Originally in Arabic, Translated to English
Last year we celebrated a triumphant court case in Egypt that promised to put away the doctor who killed a young girl while performing FGM. However, we are sad to report that the verdict is not being implemented. It remains ink on paper, but isn’t even worth the ink used.
When I grew up, I was very clear about demanding my rights. The first time I raised my voice I got a slap on the face by my brother. My father wouldn’t allow me to say no, and I lived like a dog obeying its owners, except that a dog is able to bark when it gets mad.
By Raheel Raza
Shakespeare said “Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.”
Remembrance Day is celebrated in many countries to commemorate and keep alive the memories of those who sacrificed their lives. It’s a wonderful concept. In Canada we wear red poppies to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Many events are held world-wide as citizens stand to attention and pay respects to the departed souls.
On one of my last days in the USA, I had an interesting conversation with an American officer keen to know about Karma Nirvana’s police training, and I was enthusiastic to share. However before we got going the officer asked me to consider how the USA is very different. So I asked her to explain.
The mutilated burned corpse of the 20 year-old psychology student was too horrible to contemplate. How had something like this happened?
Every woman has the right to control her own body. Every woman has the right to a full life, without being mutilated. Female genital mutilation (FGM) oppresses women and scars them for life. It is a vile expression of misogyny, a crude power play designed to control and to dominate. […]
Women in Egypt are fighting back against patriarchal norms, and getting fit while doing it. A new organization – Go Bike – is encouraging cycling in Cairo and women are joining in, breaking the strong cultural taboo against female cycling.
The ‘Honor Diaries’ team is proud to announce the installment of two billboards – one in Boston, and one in Dearborn, Michigan, featuring quotes from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle condemning female genital mutilation (FGM). […]
Global attention has turned to Iraq where Islamic militants have taken over sections of Iraq. The human rights abuses are startling, and women and girls have been under systematic attack and at risk of unspeakable horrors.
But there is something particularly special and gratifying about our local screenings. When university students, community organizers, religious groups and concerned citizens contact us to set up a showing of ‘Honor Diaries’, when friends, colleagues and neighbors take valuable time out of their to-the-brim-filled day and dedicate it to the freedom of women.
If anything can be said for Iraq’s new Jaafari personal status law, it is that the scandalous and shocking new slew of rights which may be afforded to men at the expense of women and girls is drawing international attention to the unilateral usurpation of freedoms and subjugation of females which is still extant and flourishing in the world today.
From: Raheel Raza, on behalf of Honor Diaries Date: April 3 Contact info: 416-505-6052 / firstname.lastname@example.org I, the undersigned, am one of the women whose voice is heard in the free speech / women’s rights film “HONOR DIARIES.” On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the scheduled screening of HONOR DIARIES was canceled on the University of Read more about Screening of the film “HONOR DIARIES” at the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus[…]
Congratulations to Paula for having her story published on the Everyday Ambassador website! Read about Paula’s brush with a famous documentary maker – how she almost bombed, and what happened in the end!
“Make no mistake: The work of the nine activists featured in [Honor Diaries] is extremely important as they fight for women’s rights.” October, 7, 2013 “A film about gender inequality and the long history of oppression of women in countries around the globe.” October, 15, 2013 “One of the thing(s) that’s important to remember is Read more about Early Praise For “HONOR DIARIES”[…]
Film Sparks Movement to Stop “Honor Violence” Against Women and Girls New York City – The powerful and inspiring new documentary film HONOR DIARIES – premiering on December 5th on DirecTV – is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls. WHAT: DirecTV documentary series “Something to Talk About” Read more about DirecTV Documentary Series “Something to Talk About” Launches Women’s Rights Film: “Honor Diaries”[…]
We are so gratified by the impact Honor Diaries is making.
We continue to partner with some of the world’s most powerful activists. Men and women of all ages and political and religious affiliations are telling us that our documentary is impacting their thinking – and that they will take part in supporting legislation and efforts which will protect and enrich the lives of those living with the threat of honor violence. […]
If you are a 16 year old girl living somewhere in North America, Europe, or Australia, school might involve figuring out how to ace your upcoming finals (or in other cases, cramming so you won’t fail), picking the perfect dress for the dance, or strategically selecting a seat in eyeshot of your longtime secret crush. […]
I can’t believe that in just a few days, ‘Honor Diaries’ will be screened at the illustrious Chicago International Film Festival. I am so excited to arrive in the Windy City and to bring this film to the public – and with it, the hearts, hopes, and heroism of the activists who put their lives on the line to give a voice to their sisters who languish in silence. […]