Filmmaker Dorothy Atabong was inspired to make this film after reading about the honor murder of Aqsa Parvez by her father and brother. Aqsa would secretly remove her hijab, but was discovered when her Muslim father would spy on her at school. We dedicated a grove of trees to Aqsa, the Aqsa Parvez Memorial Grove to Victims of Honor Killing, in August of last year.
Ms. Atabong wrote me asking for help in getting the film made. Increasing awareness of gendercide is critical to an education campaign to stop this heinous Islamic practice.
Cameroonian-born Canadian actress and filmmaker Dorothy A. Atabong picked up a pencil and wrote what was the first of many drafts of Sound of Tears – A Matter of Family Honor, when she came across a newspaper article about a Mississauga girl who was strangled by her own father and brother.
Sound of Tears is a dramatic short film about a young woman who must abide by the strict customs and traditions embedded in her since birth. She must heed the admonition and relinquish a forbidden love. It is a matter of family honor.
The purpose of the film is to raise awareness and send out a large message to millions of people. It will be submitted to film festivals all over the world and also made available to libraries and institutions. Pamplets and other useful information will also be distributed at festival screenings so people can engage in dialogue; and would give anyone in a conflict situation or who knows anyone in such a situation, a place to go. Principal photography will begin in Toronto this fall.
The Sound of Tears team is currently in the fundraising stages and will go live on indiegogo.com, a crowdfunding site where one can raise funds for films and other ventures. In return backers get perks such as DVDs, posters and credit in the film.
Sound of Tears is set in present day Toronto, directed by Dorothy A. Atabong (Dreamt; Mayday on Discovery Channel; Degrassi; Commercial ‘Help fight AIDS in Africa for Steven Lewis Foundation; Theatre – ‘The overwhelming’ about the Rwandan genocide at The Canadian Stage Company, Africa Trilogy). Director of Photography by Ben Lichty (Blood Pressure, Fondi 91, I am a good person / I am a bad person).
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The campaign is live August 5th 2012. Help make this film happen! Visit www.indiegogo.com/soundoftearsfilm
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