69 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2012
Directed byRaymonde Provencher
Produced byRaymonde Provencher
LanguagesEnglish, German, Swedish
Short descriptionWhat is a honour crime? Where does it come from? Was it always a part of our history or is it something recent?
Film subjects Family , International Affairs , Women
Regis du cinemas, general

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Press reviews

The work of the director Raymonde Provencher
succeeds in giving importance to an issue that needs
attention in order to enhance the chances of reducing
such crimes.
The Concordian Raymonde Provencher’s latest film, Crimes Without Honour, isn’t a lot of fun to sit through but it’s a thought-provoking work that should be seen by anyone who’s as disturbed as she is by the upswing in so-called honour crimes. The Gazette

Film details

People have been committing so-called honour crimes since time immemorial. While many of us believed these acts were a thing of the past, reality has bluntly taught us otherwise. Around the world, people are dying by the thousands in the name of honour. The Shafi a murders were Canada’s wake-up call. Sweden was shocked by the slaying of Fadima by her own father. Honour killings are happening in England, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Canada… in ever increasing numbers.


In Crimes Without Honour, the filmmaker explores several lines of enquiry through the stories of Aruna Papp, a Christian from India living in Canada; Necla Kelek, a Turkish woman living in Germany; Sara, a Kurd who has settled in Sweden and Arkan, a young Kurd who was raised “like a Swede”. Aruna, Necla, Sara and Arkan have all had the courage to stand up against their communities’ criminal traditions and denounce these hateful crimes, even at the risk of ostracism.


Script and Direction : Raymonde Provencher

Direction of Photography : François Beauchemin
Sound : Marcel Fraser

Editing : Andrea Henríquez
Music : Robert M. Lepage

Production : Raymonde Provencher


Financial Partners



Conseil des Arts du Canada
Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec

ROGERS Documentary Fund

Conseil des arts de Montréal


Raymonde Provencher

Raymonde Provencher is a political science graduate with a 30-year passion for current affairs. She helped launch Télé-Québec’s Nord-Sud in 1983, and co-founded Macumba International productions in 1995 with colleagues Patricio Henriquez and Robert Cornellier. She has roved the world, exploring the many international conflicts ravaging the globe. From War Babies (winner of several Gémeaux in 2002) to A Senseless Death (2008), Blue Helmets: Peace and Dishonour (2007) and Grace, Milly, Lucy… Child Soldiers (2011), which tells the little-known story of girl soldiers, the director exposes the tragedy of women victimized by horrific war crimes. Crimes Without Honour (2012) testifies to the profound courage of three women and one man who are standing up and taking action against honour crimes.   Filmography   Déchirements (2017 / 54 min) Café Désirs (2015 / 52 min) Crimes Without Honour (2012 / 69 min) Grace, Milly, Lucy… Child Soldiers (2009 / 72 min) A Senseless Death (2008 / 51 min) Blue Helmets: Peace and Dishonour (2007 / 73 min) Une nouvelle vie pour Ramon Mercedes (2007 / 51 min) eXtremis : Partir ou mourir (2005 / 52 min) War babies (2002 / 92 min) eXtremis: La planète ravagée (2001 / 52 min) eXtremis : L’enfance assassinée (2000 / 52 min)


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Official Selection Toronto