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I saw In the Morning this fall (2004) and immediately came away from it feeling like this was a fresh new short from a fresh new voice. You'd never know the film wasn't shot in Turkey and that it was made by an American. If you get the chance to catch it at a festival or online, take the time. I won't delve into the content cause it's a short and it'll be easy enough for you to figure it out when you see it. It's Short(duh!), moody as hell (i.e. beautifully shot) and well directed. The hand-held camera, dark lighting and gritty look lends itself incredibly well to the content. Don't be surprised if this short nabs some awards as it has a lot going for it. If you like a good short film, In the Morning will stay with you.
Danielle Lurie and Katie Mustard's short film, "In the Morning" is
available on the "Sixth Media That Matters Film Festival" DVD.
Apparently, it's also available uncut at the website for Women Make
Movies--though I saw the edited version and am rather glad I did, as I
didn't need to see any of the rape occur nor the bloody aftermath--and
the film was strong without that.
This film is about a sad international problem--so-called 'honor killings'. They have taken place mostly in Moslem countries but there have been some cases in Western nations as well. In honor killings, women are murdered 'for the good of the family's reputation'! In some cases, women are murdered for how they dress but in other cases, such as in this film, woman who are rape victims are murdered by their own families because of the embarrassment of having a pregnant unmarried daughter!! Sadly, the film is based on one particular killing, as Kadriye Demirel was murdered by her young brother because she was impregnated by her rapist! The film itself is very short--only about 4 minutes long. In addition to the rape and murder, it shows the horrible pressure put on Kadriye's brother--who was just a boy.
Films like these are very important and I hope more people learn about these ridiculous honor killings. However, seeing some lengthier films would be nice, as I am just not sure how many folks would ever watch a 4 minute film.
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I saw this film at a short film festival held at the end of last year.I
was amazed by it's powerful narrative and deft camera work. Also
remarkable is the amount it manages to convey in a rather short span of
film time.Beautifully enacted and edited it never fails to be
convincing.Kudos to Danielle Lurie for making a wonderful short on a
very difficult subject.
The film attempt's to explore "honour killing's" a tradition which is pretty widespread in certain cultures.
Lurie's film explore's one such family of Turkish origin whose daughter is raped one night while returning home. The film then goes on to narrate the aftermath of the same.
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