Blossoms of Silence: A Short Movie

Honor Killings

Each year, approximately 5,000 men and women worldwide die as a result of "honor killings," when someone is murdered by a family or clan member for allegedly bringing dishonor to the family. The overwhelming majority of victims are women.

In Jordan, murder is punishable by death, but in the case of honor killings, a court frequently commutes or reduces sentences, particularly if the victim's family urges leniency. Between 15 and 20 women are murdered each year in Jordan as honor killings. The Jordanian parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher penalties for honor killings or honor crimes.

FEKRA (meaning "idea") is a group of Jordanian youth who have banded together to create short films about social issues. Blossoms of Silence is FEKRA's second film.

Ola Eliwat
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Blossoms of Silence was filmed in December, 2008. This short film focuses on Dalia, a young Jordanian woman struggling to cope after she is raped. Her wish to reach out to others and move on with her life conflicts with her family's desire to conceal the crime and avoid embarrassment.

Dalia's story, while fictional, is directly relevant to the many young girls who live in silence to avoid the possibly tragic consequences of their judgmental societies. We hope this story will raise awareness and bring these issues out into the open.




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Encouraging to see a man willing to expose the evils done in the name of honor!


short story but easy to see how difficult life is for some women, some times there's no way, but each day somebody's thoughts fight for our rights to decide, to think different, being a victim of our circumstances "obviously" is not a crime.

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