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Quest for Honor

Filmmaker and producer Mary Ann Smothers Bruni will host a screening of her critically acclaimed 2009 feature documentary Quest for Honor, which follows the story of former teacher and activist Runak Rauf as she and other activists and journalists investigate the honor killings taking place in the tribal regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. According to research released by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, offenses against a family that are considered breaking their “honor code” include sex outside of marriage, inappropriate dress, being a victim of rape, contact with a man outside of the family, and marrying without permission from family. In the Kurdistan culture, it is believed that the woman or girl who committed the “offense” may be killed to restore a family’s honor. Quest for Honor was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2010 and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema-Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. “The stories that we eventually filmed came about slowly,” said Bruni in her director’s statement. “We did not craft them. We discovered them. Along with the exploration and discovery, we documented and we filmed.”

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