A powerful film showing the true plight of victims forced into marriage
With unprecedented access to the Manchester Police Force, this documentary investigates the biggest cases of forced marriage in the UK. In June 2014 it became illegal for someone to force a person to get married, the problem is how difficult this is to police.
Director Anna Hall spent 18 months with Greater Manchester Police Public Protection teams whose job it is to investigate this hugely culturally sensitive area. Victims are frightened to come forward because they don’t want to get their families in trouble, but they are also terrified that they will be taken abroad and married off against their will.
The police find themselves stuck in an impossible position – where their job is to protect the victim but also send a message out to the wider communities that to threaten to kill your daughter is a criminal offence, punishable with a 7 year prison sentence.
The short film comes fact to face with victim Rukhsana, who is fleeing after being attacked by her father for seeing someone he didn’t approve of, as well as following Sajida's story, who was forced to marry 16 years ago and is now paying the consequences with her 4 daughters.