Huge congratulations to Deeyah Khan. Banaz: A Love Story (Fuuse Films) is an exposure of the inhumane practice of “honour killing” – a form of control in some cultures – and how law officials are slowly becoming equipped to deal with such cases.
Deeyah posted on her Facebook Page: “An unforgettable and very special evening– as well as feelings of joy there is an overwhelming sadness about Banaz and what she went through in her very short life. I could not help but cry both on and off stage. I am grateful for my best friend and inspiring brother Adil being there with me and always standing by me through thick and thin.”
This film is the story of Banaz Mahmod – a young British Kurdish girl – whose family tried to erase her memory. Banaz’s attempts to inform the police about her fate is caught on film and now her memory will raise awareness and help others just like her.
It took Deeyah three years to complete the documentary with a tight-knit production team and support from the Fritt Ord foundation whose aim is to support freedom of expression and a free press.
It is an outstanding piece of work, painful, honest, gruesome, hard to believe. It’s harrowing to think that after Banaz’s murder – it is not her family – but an outsider – Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode who became almost a substitute mother and literally scoured the earth to attain justice for Banaz.
Deeyah has toured with DCI Goode and a team of experts to discuss the impact and ramifications of the Banaz Mahmod case.
With a network of useful contacts and sheer determination, Deeyah has begun on a mission to equip the necessary authorities with information that can help prevent such crimes in future with the International Honour Based Violence Awareness Network. It is an international digital resource centre working to advance awareness through research, documentation, information and training for professionals who may encounter women, girls and men at risk, building partnerships with experts, activists, and NGOs from around the world.
The film about Banaz can be seen in full here.
Banaz: A Love Story premiered at London’s Raindance film festival in 2012 and subsequently aired around the world including UK television.
- 2013 American Peabody Award for International TV Documentary.
- 2013 Emmy for Best International Documentary Film.
- Nomination: for the British Royal Television Society Awards 2013 – Best Documentary, Current Affairs.
- The Cowardice of the Liberal Press (Nick Cohen, Standpoint Magazine)
- Deeyah: Music Producer, Composer, Award-Winning Filmmaker and Human Rights Activist (women-in-film-in-music.com)
- Banaz – A Love Story: A screening and conversation hosted by Kenan Malik (Youtube)