Forbidden

Drama
20 mins
United States
English
Winner
  • FFTG AwardJury Choice Best Debut Short Film (Family Drama) - Vibha Gulati, Debbie Vandermuelen
  • FFTG AwardBest Director - Vibha Gulati
  • FFTG AwardBest Writer - Vibha Gulati
  • FFTG AwardBest Actor - Gulshan Grover

Forbidden is a short dramatic thriller inspired by a true story that follows a Sikh woman named Jasleen, who is running away with her Muslim lover, Fahwaz. Jasleen’s culture and religious conscious parents want her to marry within the Sikh community, and are shocked when she suddenly disappears. After Jasleen and Fahwaz elope, they think they have found happiness—but Jasleen’s family tracks the couple down and commit horrific acts in defense of their family honor.

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Title: 

Forbidden

Original Title: 

Forbidden

Production Year: 

2018

Director: 

Cast: 

Gulshan Grover
Salony Luthra
Gopal Divan
Dhanish Karthik

Producer: 

Vibha Gulati, Debbie Vandermuelen, Alena Svyatova, Raj Vasudeva

Writer: 

Vibha Gulati

Editor: 

Manendra Singh Lodhi, Tristan Higgs

Dir. of Photography: 

Paul Rondeau

Music:

Jordan Velgas

Festival: 

Category: 

Short Film

Country: 

United States

Language: 

English

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Director's Statement

Forbidden is inspired by the true story of my friend who was brutally murdered for being in love with someone her family did not approve of. This work is my tribute to this amazing woman who had the courage and the conviction to follow her heart and stand up to her family.

 

Earlier, I was under the misconception that only women who belonged to lower socio- economic backgrounds in developing countries were the victims of honor violence. However, after some extensive research, I learned I was wrong. Women from first world countries also face this societal evil, which is growing at an alarming rate. Moreover, sadly, one can belong to any religion, nationality, socio-economic status, and/or education level and still be a victim of this atrocity at the hands of their own family members.

The mission of this film is to end violence against women living outside of their native countries. In addition, it is to ignite a social change that will compel the legal system to take action against criminals who commit heinous crimes against women in the name of family honor.

Vibha Gulati

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