Cameroonian-Canadian film explores arranged marriage
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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:50
 Montreal, Narrative, Short, Pan, Africa
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Sound of Tears , by Cameroonian director Dorothy Atabong, made its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2014 and will feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles from 5 to 16 February 2015 where it has been nominated for Best Narrative Short. The film explores the concept of arranged marriages and tells the story of a woman forced to wed in order to uphold family honour.

Atabong says the film presents a pertinent issue in society and was inspired by a newspaper article about a young woman who found herself in a conflict situation after going against her family’s wishes. “As I researched the topic, I found similar stories of women around the world in the same predicament, many falling victim to honour based violence. After having conversations with human rights advocates and human rights organisations, it became evident that this was an epidemic,” she explains.

Atabong is also the film’s scriptwriter, producer and stars in Sound of Tears alongside Rhoma Spencer, Edsson Morales, Albert Williams, Eugene Paul, Aisha Betham and Shane Edwards. Key crew members include DOP Joel Kim, editor Charles Ross, executive producer Phyllis Brown, production designer Daniel Ophaug and sound designer Cohen Park.

View the Sound of Tears trailer

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