Cannes Film Festival 2014: From a street corner to the Cannes Croisette

An outdoor activity instructor spotted on the streets of Manchester has made her Cannes Film Festival debut after being cast in a £2m British movie about honour killings. Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, 24, stars in Catch Me Daddy, which has just premiered in the “Un Certain Regard” strand of the French festival, where films such as Steve .. read more

Loophole halts justice for honor killing victims in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — Batool Haddad, a Christian girl from the northern Jordanian village of Khirbet Wahadneh, kept relatively quiet about her interest in Islam, mentioning it probably only to her sister, who also kept it to herself. But when Haddad converted to Islam after attending a lecture by a Saudi preacher, according to local reports, she told .. read more

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Paddy Considine Stars In ‘Honour’

In ‘Honour’, Paddy Considine stars as a bounty hunter who’s hired to find a girl who may have been subjected to an attempted honour killing. After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Aiysha Hart) is forced to go on the run. The family, desperate to save face, enlist the .. read more

Indian Men Kidnapped and Forced to Marry at Gunpoint

There has been a surge in the number of men kidnapped in rural India and forced to marry at gunpoint. According to official figures, there were 2,529 cases of akadwa shaadi, or “groom kidnapping”, in the impoverished Bihar region, up from 1,337 in 2009. The practice is unofficially sanctioned, with the cost of bridal dowries .. read more

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