Release Date: March 24, 2006
Starring: Wadie Andrawis, Ruth Osuna,
Laurel Melagrano, Ryan Izay,
Jason David Smith, and Carl
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: International Film Circuit
Director: Varun Khanna
Executive Producer: Karkeerat Dhillon
Producer: Karkeerat Dhillon and Varun
Writer: Varun Khanna
Address Comments To:Wendy Lidell
International Film Circuit, Inc.
301 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 777-5690
Toward the middle of this story, Sahira lets Brian sneak into her room at night and they fornicate while her brother secretly watches. Then, one evening, Sahira's evil father, despite the protests of her mother, allows the other women relatives, some dressed in full Muslim Arab veils, to violently circumcise Sahira. Sahira takes drastic action to take revenge on her father, which leads to further tragedy.
Poorly acted and written, BEYOND HONOR also contains crazy incestuous themes and explicit sex, nudity and foul language, which dilutes its moral message. It also seems to be coming from a confused pagan and humanist worldview with a very strong feminist subtext. The movie contains a disclaimer saying that female circumcision is a cultural tradition, not a religious one, and Sahira still seems to cling to some kind of belief in God, despite her father's actions. Sahira's God, and the director's God apparently, seems to be a radical feminist one who endorses sexual immorality.
Furthermore, the tragedy at the end is abrupt and disappointing. It dilutes the story's climax which seemed to be leading toward an act of righteous revenge. The director deprives the audience of any satisfaction that Sahira's father and her relatives will be punished for their crimes.
Poorly acted and written, BEYOND HONOR contains crazy incestuous themes and explicit sex, nudity, bloody violence, and strong foul language. These immoral elements dilute the movie's moral message against terrible Arab/Muslim traditions. It also seems to be coming from a confused pagan and humanist worldview with a very strong feminist subtext favoring sexual immorality. All this moral confusion is abhorrent.