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Banaz: A Love Story (2012)

This is a documentary film chronicling the brutal Honour Killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman in London, killed by her own family for choosing a life for herself.

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Deeyah Khan (as Deeyah), Darin Prindle (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nazir Afzal ... Himself - Crown Prosecution Service, London
Bobbie Cheema Bobbie Cheema ... Herself - Prosecutor
Andy Craig Andy Craig ... Himself - Detective Sergeant, Met Police
Caroline Goode Caroline Goode ... Herself - Detective Chief Inspector, Met Police
Banaz Mahmod Banaz Mahmod ... Herself
Bekhal Mahmod Bekhal Mahmod ... Herself - Banaz's sister
Diana Nammi Diana Nammi ... Herself - Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation
Joanne Payton Joanne Payton ... Herself - Honour Based Violence Awareness Network
Stuart Reeves Stuart Reeves ... Himself - Detective Sergeant, Met Police
Palbinder Singh Palbinder Singh ... Himself - Metropolitan Police Sikh Association
Victor Temple Victor Temple ... Himself - Prosecutor (as Victor Temple QC)
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This is a documentary film chronicling the brutal Honour Killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman in London, killed by her own family for choosing a life for herself.

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Norway | UK

Language:

English

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September 2012 (UK) See more »

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Fuuse Films See more »
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Compelling look at Honor Killings in the Immigrant Community
2 December 2014 | by svandenaSee all my reviews

I found this film deeply moving and compelling. The filmmakers provide a context for the horrific practice of so-called honor killings within the Iraqui community in England (although it happens plenty of other places too, of course); the filmmakers provide a sense of why the crime persists without excusing the perpetrators. The victim's sister is spectacular; the victim herself "speaks" through taped statements she makes at the police department; and the officers who doggedly pursue Banaz's murderers are honest about police failures that might have contributed to the killing yet inspiring in their determination to solve the case.

I highly recommend this film.


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