In the Name of the Family
|Subjects: Anthropology, Crime, Family Studies, Human Rights, International Justice, Islam, Law, Law Enforcement, Middle Eastern Studies, Multicultural Studies, Psychology, Social Studies, Sociology, Violence Against Women, Women's & Gender Studies, World Religions|
IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY tells their stories: examining the escalating tensions that led to their death and how the community reacted to it. In eerie parallel, we meet other girls who continue to live in anxiety and fear. From South Asian and Middle Eastern immigrant families, these girls are caught between two cultures where parent-teenage clashes can lead to a specific form of domestic abuse.
Known as honour killing, this form of violence is not sanctioned by any religion, but has been culturally entrenched in some parts of South Asia, and the Middle East. In post-911 North America, this topic has become polarizing - either silenced or sensationalized. The tragedy is, there are very few safety nets here for girls in danger.
IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY viewers meet the girls, their families and friends, and enter a normally closed world where young women wanting to bridge two worlds are victimized by the men who claim to love them the most.