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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Arab Film Distribution
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 52 mins
Country of Origin: Palestine
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

In some parts of Palestine, if a woman has a sexual relationship outside the bonds of marriage or is suspected of an extra-marital affair, she is considered to have brought dishonor upon her family, which is punishable by death. Commonly called "honor killings," a relative usually carries out the sentence on behalf of the family, and the murder is committed without any legal consequences.

In her documentary, Palestinian filmmaker and activist Buthina Canaan Khoury weaves the moving stories of four women who've faced such a predication with that of a young woman who strives to expose the injustice of these crimes to wider society.

Language: Arabic with English sub-titles.

Silver Medal, Dubai Film Festival

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