A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a shelf; and, decades after we have read it even twenty times, it can open us up, by cut or caress, to a new truth.

 Andre Dubus, Meditations from a Movable Chair (via quillkirkland)

'Banaz - A Love Story' directed by Deeyah Khan is a harrowing and powerful documentary about honour killings that won the Emmy for 'Best International Current Affairs Film' in 2013. Honour killings are not solely perpetrated by one culture or religion. It can happen to any woman in any community where 'honour' is upheld by sacrificing the lives of women who chose to live and deviate from the rules that their community expect them to conform to. It is startling that she went to the authorities multiple times and was not taken seriously. As Victor Temple, QC said in the documentary, 'I think the fact that 'honour' [killing] is a total misnomer. There is no honour in any of this. The law has a word for it. It's murder.'