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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bishari Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1999
Available in French: No

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.