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 down and commit horrific acts in defense of their family honor.
Forbidden is inspired by the true story of my friend, Harpreet, who was brutally murdered for being in love with someone of whom her family did not approve. This work is my tribute to this amazing woman who had the courage and the conviction to follow her heart and stand up to her family. It is also dedicated to the thousands of women who have lost their lives in the name of family honor.
According to the United Nations, 5,000 women and girls are killed each year in the name of family honor. Women’s advocacy groups, however, report the numbers are much higher as many of the cases go unreported. According to their findings, 20,000 women and girls are killed every year due to this brutal practice.
Reports submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights show that honor killings have occurred in at least 26 countries. Of the 26, nine are western countries with large immigrant communities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
The mission of this film is to end violence against women living outside of their native countries. The film also seeks to mobilize a critical mass of individuals that will petition the legal system to take action against criminals who commit heinous crimes against women in the name of family honor.