Muslim backlash against film ‘Honor Diaries’
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The cast and production team behind “Honor Diaries,” the new documentary that probes violence against Muslim women including genital mutilation and honor killings, fear a backlash from a prominent American Islamic advocacy group could undermine their cause.
The film showcases nine Muslim women who speak about their experiences with honor practices, forced marriage at young ages and the denial of education. Some of the women are victims or have family members who were victims and describe the painful and up-close realities they endured. The film weaves the experiences of honor violence victims together with commentary from activists and experts.
But the film has run up against sharp criticism from the Council for American Islamic Relations, which has alleged in a social media campaign that it is an attempt to smear Islam.