Cameroonian-Canadian film explores arranged marriage


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

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

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.

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of Tears


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