In 2006, a young British woman named Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her family
It was a brutal honour killing, which shocked the world and generated massive international media coverage
But Banaz’s voice has never been heard – until now
Banaz: A Love Story is a documentary film chronicling an act of horror – the brutal honour killing of Banaz Mahmod in suburban south London – killed and “disappeared” by her own family – and tells the story of the extraordinary police team who refused to give up, and almost uniquely, finally brought her killers to justice.
Independent filmmaker, activist and artist Deeyah – who is Norwegian and of Pakistani/Afghan heritage – has herself faced honour-based threats of violence. She has spent four years making this powerful and haunting documentary, with exclusive footage of the case and of the remarkable women at the centre of it.
Deeyah (www.deeyah.com) has obtained a previously unseen police interview with Banaz herself, filmed by police officers three months before her death, in which over the course of hours of intimate testimony, she outlines the traumatic details of her life.
Apart from a brief mobile phone shot, no footage of Banaz Mahmod has ever been found or broadcast before, as her family sought to erase all traces of her from the face of the earth.
In this film, Banaz’s voice is being heard for the first time. It is astonishing to witness the power that denied while she was on earth, Banaz has now in bringing forth love and justice.
Banaz: A Love Story premieres at the Raindance Film Festival in London on 29th September
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