The Price of Honor, a new documentary about the horror of honor killing, opens with a highly disturbing audio recording of a 911 call: Texas teenager Sarah Said screaming that her father is shooting her and her elder sister Amina.
Tragically, both girls were murdered that day, on January 1, 2008. Meanwhile, their killer, Yaser Said — who shot Amina twice and Sarah nine times under the pretense of “defending the family honor” — escaped the police and remains on the FBI Most Wanted List to this day.
But the movie also aims to cast light on a larger issue beyond the murders of Amina and Sarah Said. Through interviews with experts on the subject, the filmmakers explore the prevalence of honor violence both abroad and here at home, on American soil.
According to Amy Logan, author of The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, a powerful novel about honor killing that she spent 10 years researching: “Honor violence is first and foremost about cultures who view and treat women as property or inferior. This is a human rights issue –women’s rights are human rights. Culture is no excuse for abuse. It’s time for all communities in which honor violence occurs, regardless of religion, to start having an honest conversation about it.”
The AHA Foundation about, a non-profit dedicated to defending the rights of women and girls in part by collecting accurate data on these crimes, reports that there are between 25 to 28 honor killings a year in the U.S.
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