Honor Diaries (Movie)
"Honor Diaries" features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality.
These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women under Islam must endure, are profiled in their efforts to effect change, both in their communities and beyond.
The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Restriction of movement, denial of education, forced marriage and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.
Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists, provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.
More than a movie, "Honor Diaries" is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.
“Honor Diaries is a powerful and important film, one which every school in England should show to their students. It shines a much-needed spotlight on the horrendous practice of honour-based violence here in the UK and around the world, and should be a call to arms for everyone to do whatever they can to stamp it out and support victims.” – Office of Sharon Hodgson MP Labour Member of Parliament, UK
“I am a victim of, a survivor of, female genital mutilation (FGM), and I was circumcised when I was a week old… When I watched Honor Diaries and saw what the women talked about, it gave me hope that I can stand up and talk about my experiences and shout about FGM… No one deserves to be killed because of honor.” – Jaha Dukureh
“It has such a powerful message that needs to reach every home, all over the world. All societies are guilty of some form of gender-based discrimination and deprivation of basic rights to women and girls. It is an issue not only for women activists to deal with but entire humanity.” – Indian Diplomat
About the Director
Micah Smith is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker. His films have screened in over 40 festivals on five continents. Smith graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.
Actors: Zainab Khan, Raheel Raza
Director: Micah Smith
Runtime: 61 minutes
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