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This is a story of paramount importance to raise awareness on forced marriages and honor-based violence. Join us in the making of this film. Please look to the right and select a perk. Thank you for supporting us.
Sound of Tears is a short film about a young woman trapped in a forced marriage. She must heed the admonition and relinquish a forbidden love. It is a matter of family honor.
Behind the Story
Honor killings or premeditated killings in the name of so-called Honor, are killings of family members, primarily women because they are believed to have brought shame to the family.
The United Nations estimates that 5,000 women are killed each year in the claim of having dishonored their families.
Did you know? In the UK alone last year, the police reported 2,823 so-called honor crimes. That’s nearly eight a day.
Thousands of honor killing cases remain unheard of, as they are never reported. The cries of thousands of murdered women lie silent in graves. This is Amina’s story.
It all started when Dorothy A. Atabong read a newspaper story about the case in Toronto, where a young woman was strangled by her father in a dispute over her refusal to wear her cultural attire. It was the first time she had heard about honor killings. She instantly searched the internet and was shocked at what she found.
The cases seemed endless and almost every continent in the world had several reported cases.
She began asking people randomly if they had heard of honor killings. Many hadn’t heard of the case in Vancouver, B.C. where a mother placed an international call to relatives back home to kill her daughter.
However most recently, our jaws dropped nationwide and abroad as we witnessed the highest-profile honor killing trial in Canadian history: A man, his wife and son convicted of killing three sisters and a childless first wife in a polygamous marriage.
Also, a case that resurfaced into everyone’s mind is that of a 20 year old college student who was run over by her own father in Arizona for refusing to marry. In New York, a 37 year old woman was beheaded, allegedly by her husband, for reportedly seeking a divorce …
The list to our horror seems endless. And these are just the reported cases.
Dorothy immediately picked up a pencil and drafted the first of many drafts of the short film Sound of Tears to raise awareness to millions of people… Help Stop Honor Killings!
Sound of Tears is the silent cry of all the women whose stories will never be told, for they lie in unmarked graves, or lie hidden behind faulty reports designed to shadow their murder.
The Creative Team
Our creative team is determined, experienced, diverse, and passionate enough to get this project off the ground… with a little help from you!
Writer- Director -Producer: Dorothy A. Atabong
Dorothy is originally from Cameroon, West Africa. Besides wearing many hats behind the camera, she is also an award winning actress, and a published writer. She obtained an A.A. & B.Sc in Biochemistry from Michigan before changing coats and moving on to graduate from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of theatre in NYC. Credits include The Line on TMN; Mayday for the Discovery Channel, and Dreamt which she co-wrote, produced, was 1st AD and played a supporting role. Commercials include Canon Camera for the Newsweek Magazine, and PSAs for Steven Lewis Foundation – help fight AIDS in Africa. She is well-known for starring in award winning plays such as In Darfur, The wedding Band, and The Africa Trilogy on Toronto stages. Her screenplay Daisy’s Heart won best low budget script at the Female Eye Film Festival.
Please visit: www.dorothyatabong.com
Editor: Jonathan Eagan
Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Jonathan began his career in Toronto as an additional editor on the Sons & Daughters produced web comedy series Hot Snack Radio (Dir. Matt Eastman), before moving on to attend the Editor's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre.
In the years since he has worked on a range of projects, from award winning short films and music videos to web, television and feature length documentaries, including the 2011 Hot Docs entry Highway Gospel (Buck Prods/UpsideTown Prods), and the recently completed Maximum Tolerated Dose (Dir. Karol Karol Orzechowski). He has also edited numerous commercial projects as part of the team at FamilyStyle.
Please visit www.joneagan.com
Our goal is to film with the Red Epic Camera with ACTRA Actors and a professional crew. Every dollar you donate goes straight into financing this film. Our dream budget for the film is $30,000 for production, and $10,000 for post-production and film festival distribution. We need to:
secure locations, rent camera and lighting package, Insurance, transportation, props and art supplies, wardrobe, feed the cast and crew working long hours, publicity package for film festivals and of course, post-production.
What we have done so far
The script is locked, certain characters are cast, and we have scouted locations. We are also proud to say we have obtained music rights from one of the most compelling African musicians, Dobet Gnahore and Colin Laroche de Feline of Côte d'Ivoire/Belgium.
How you can help
With a little help from many of you we can jump right into the production of this film of paramount importance. Please support our project and make a pledge, big or small, every dollar counts! In exchange you get several awesome rewards. (Check out the menu on the right).
Available exclusively to our supporters is a BIG FAT HUG… spread the love.
Look to the right side of our indiegogo page for the full list of cool perks.
How IndieGoGo works:
You decide how much you want to pledge and choose an associated perk. When our campaign ends, IndieGoGo takes a 4% fee off the money we’ve raised. If we don't reach our goal, the fee is 9% (which is quite high, and also why it's important we reach our goal). Another 3% or so also goes to IndieGoGo for credit card processing fees. But everything else will go straight into making this film (and making sure everyone gets their perks)
There is something for everyone, no matter how much you donate; we will make it worth your while.
For donating just $25
You get a link for the digital download of the film for home viewing. Our sincere and special thank you on our Facebook page, Twitter and the website and campaign latest updates.
The cause is paramount!
You will be supporting the Human rights issue of Violence against Women; Independent filmmakers, Minorities in Film, Cultural diversity and Women in Film.
Taking it a step further, the film will also feature information for anyone; man woman or child who find themselves in such a situation or those who may know someone in similar conflict situations… empowering people so they know who to approach, what to do, perhaps a hotline they could call… We would also provide pamphlets and other useful information at festival screenings.
Let us make this film together! Let’s all spread a large message about honor killings to millions of people unaware of this problem and raise awareness.
Other ways you can help
You can also help by simply passing the word along!
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The “Sound of Tears” family is ready to make this film but we can’t get there without your help so please consider donating today!
Dr. Amin Muhammad: Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine: Memorial University of Newfoundland. Who has done extensive research and written several articles including a report for the federal government on this issue.
Pamela Geller: Writer, Columnist, Author, Human Rights Activist. Aqsa Parvez Memorial Grove to Victims of Honor Killing
The International Campaign Against Honour Killings.
Support for Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish speaking women, girls and couples
Thank you for your continuing support!
Team on This Campaign:
Dorothy A. Atabong