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Maria's Grotto
Maria's Grotto


Buthina Canaan Khoury


52 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles
    WINNERó Silver Award, Dubai Film Festival

In some parts of Palestine, if a woman has a sexual relationship outside the bonds of marriage or is suspected of an extra-marital affair, she is considered to have brought dishonor upon her family, which is punishable by death. Commonly called "honor killings," a relative usually carries out the sentence on behalf of the family, and the murder is committed without any legal consequences.

In her documentary, Palestinian filmmaker and activist Buthina Canaan Khoury weaves the moving stories of four women who've faced such a predication with that of a young woman who strives to expose the injustice of these crimes to wider society.

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