This past week I had the pleasure of attending the LA premiere of Honor Diaries at the Museum of Tolerance. This documentary brings to light the popular yet horrifying act of 'honor violence' that women and girls face around the world. Nine women come together to tell their stories and difficult journey as women's rights advocates, specifically within Muslim societies. These heroic women hail from different parts of the world and professional backgrounds but have one common message, the goal to end the inequality and injustices that women are facing globally.
Through a compilation of interviews, round table discussions, and news stories we learn about the unfortunate mentality the Muslim world carries about the 'honor' women are expected to uphold. The film discusses such horrible atrocities like female genital mutilation and honor killings. What I found most gripping and appalling is the fact that these acts of female oppression are not only occurring in the Middle East but in the United States, Canada, and Britain. Westernized societies have turned a blind eye to the persecution of women in the name of culture and religion. Audiences of all backgrounds and genders need to see Honor Diaries in order to not only become educated, but learn how to speak up against such dangerous and morally unjust acts.
Alex Traiman, the producer and writer, spoke briefly before the screening and his words encompassed the overall message: "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."
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Q&A with three of the stars: Zainab Khan, Raquel Saraswati, and Nazie Eftekhari (left to right)