Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sundance Films: Quest for Honor

Title: Quest for Honor
Director: Mary Ann Smothers Bruni
Website: No website found
Potential Major Release Date: No known release date beyond Sundance

Summary: Photographer, author and activist Mary Ann Bruni exposes the brutal epidemic of "honor killings" in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where more than 12,000 teenage girls accused of damaging their families' reputations have been murdered by relatives. Working with the Women's Media and Education Center, a local humanitarian organization, Bruni interviews men involved in the killings, many of whom demonstrate nothing but contempt for the victims (Netflix).

Thoughts: Though the film’s title suggests “made for Lifetime TV movie,” I’m surprisingly intrigued by Bruni’s documentary. Mainly, the notion that she was able to get on camera interviews with men who participated or encouraged honor killings. If its presented from an angle of intrigue and looking into the minds eye of this (well, sad and sick) cultural practice, I’m all for it. But I fear its just another heavy handed subject piece.

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