A true Civil War spy story: “The Treason of Mary Louvestre”

A true Civil War spy story: “The Treason of Mary Louvestre”

Deborah Mazon – WNN Reviews (WNN) San Antonio, TEXAS, AMERICAS: Myra Lewis Haley, the wife of the late Alex Haley did not immediately receive recognition for her role in the creation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, “Roots.” Like so many wives of famous authors she selflessly supported and aided in her husband’s pursuits. “I felt […]

Woman filmmaker creates “Banaz: A Love Story” to stop honour violence worldwide

Woman filmmaker creates “Banaz: A Love Story” to stop honour violence worldwide

Deeyah – WNN Features (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM: In a personal and insight-filled essay filmmaker, human rights advocate and music celebrity Deeyah outlines the personal journey she has taken to bring the story of one special woman, Banaz, who’s voice was never heard as she was brutally cut down by family violence, in so-called “honour […]

New film “Banaz: A Love Story” shows secret tragedy of ‘honour’ based violence

New film “Banaz: A Love Story” shows secret tragedy of ‘honour’ based violence

Leigh Cuen – WNN Reviews (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM: The Honour Based Violence Awareness Network says today the UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund statistics estimates that 5,000 “so-called honour” killings are committed around the world every year. Across the Western world there are rising levels of ‘honour’ violence. This form of crime is distinguished […]

Woman filmmaker reveals secret slavery of Armenian women

Woman filmmaker reveals secret slavery of Armenian women

Lisa A. Phillips – WNN Reviews (WNN) Stockholm, SWEDEN: Armenian filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian has done much to reveal the horrors of the Armenian genocide under the Ottoman government’s systematic decimation of Armenian citizens that began before World War I and lasted until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. Originally stretching across a large […]

Documentary: The Sunrise Dance

Documentary: The Sunrise Dance

Jack David Eller –  WNN Reviews The documentary film, The Sunrise Dance, by filmmaker Gianfranco Norelli, is about the achievement of womanhood through ritual and test in present-day Apache society. The setting for this film is Whiteriver, Arizona near the site of Fort Apache where the great warrior Geronimo confronted the U.S. government. Whiteriver, a modern town, has invested heavily in tourism yet this investment has not benefited the […]

HBO releases searing Afghan women’s stories in ‘Love Crimes of Kabul’

HBO releases searing Afghan women’s stories in ‘Love Crimes of Kabul’

Lisa A. Phillips – WNN Reviews (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: Of the 125 prisoners in Kabul’s Badam Bagh Women’s Prison half are there for what Afghanistan’s calls ‘Moral Crimes’. In the opening scene of “Love Crimes of Kabul,” a documentary premiering on HBO this Monday night, July 11, director Tanaz Eshaghian asks two prison […]

Documentary: (Un)veiled: Muslim Women Talk About Hijab

Documentary: (Un)veiled: Muslim Women Talk About Hijab

Claire Panetta – WNN Review (Un)veiled is a new documentary that looks at the role of the hijab, or veil, in the lives of Muslim women. Through interviews with a group of women living in Dubai and excerpts from a lecture given on the topic at the University of Sharjah, the film attempts to provide […]

Polygamous wives show fleeting liberation in Cameroon documentary

Polygamous wives show fleeting liberation in Cameroon documentary

Jack David Eller – WNN Reviews In a groundbreaking 2004 study of gender and culture, “Women of the Forest,” book authors Yolanda and Robert Murphy importantly and controversially argue that the apparent subjugation of women in Mundurucu society is not so much subjugation as separation; Women were not so much inferior to men as independent […]