Forbidden is a dramatic thriller that follows a Sikh woman named Jasleen, who is forced to marry within her community, but runs away with her Muslim lover Fahwaz. Together, they must escape from her overzealous parents, or suffer a brutal honor killing.
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A Sikh woman must run away with her Muslim lover or suffer a brutal honor killing.
Forbidden is inspired by the true story of my friend Harpreet who was brutally murdered for being in love with someone her family did not approve of. This work is my tribute to this amazing woman who had the courage and the conviction to follow her heart and stand up to her family.
The mission of this film is to end violence against women living outside of their native countries. In addition, it is to ignite a social change that will compel the legal system to take action against criminals who commit heinous crimes against women in the name of family honor.
After filming this story, I intend to share it with audiences at various film festivals in the US, UK, and Canada, in order to educate the world regarding the severity of this issue. Some of these film festivals include; the Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Sikh International Film Festival, and the South Asian International Film Festival.
Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that "dishonors" her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life.
Reports submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights show that honor killings are on the rise in the US, UK, and Canada. In 2000, the United Nations estimated that 5,000 women are victims of honor killings each year. According to Women's Advocacy Groups, however, more than 20,000 women are killed worldwide each year. These killings occur in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, USA, and the UK.
How Can You Help?
To date, we have raised 50% of our production budget!
Our goal for this campaign is $45,000. Your donation will not only help us towards creating this film but starting a revolution to ignite social change and raise awareness on an important social issue.
Along with donations we welcome your active support in SPREADING THE WORD to your friends and family via email, facebook, and twitter! Thank you for your support in getting this film made!
Forbidden will be released with the support of Manavi. Manavi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end violence against women, specifically family violence and sexual abuse. However, violence by intimate partners is not the only purview of the organization since Manavi defines violence against women as attitudes, conditions, and behaviors that contribute to woman-abuse and perpetuate women’s subordination in society. Manavi adheres to the empowerment model of advocacy, leading to a work philosophy of social change and shared struggle for liberation with women who have suffered violence. Website: http://manavi.org
Meet The Director!
VIBHA GULATI, WRITER-DIRECTOR-PRODUCER
I am an independent filmmaker with extensive experience as a Writer, Assistant Director, and a Script Supervisor in the Indian motion picture industry. Some significant feature films I have worked on over the last few years include Raj Kumar Hirani’s Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Bedoprata Pain’s Chittagong, Rohan Sippy’s ‘Nautanki Saala,’ Danis Tanovic's Tigers, and Prashant Nair's Umrika. I have written and directed a number of short films and am completing a work-in-progress documentary titled ‘Dancing with the Inner Eye.’
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Vibha Gulati, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel 609.433.3947