October 7, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
Why you may care: Human rights issues are relevant to everyone at all times.
Why you could see it: Make no mistake: The work of the nine activists featured in this upsetting documentary is extremely important as they fight for women's rights in Muslim communities and countries, where honor killings and female genital mutilation and forced marriages are commonplace. The stories in "Honor Diaries" should horrify viewers and will succeed in raising awareness to atrocities happening around the world. That said, a successful documentary must also probe and enlighten, and unfortunately the 60-minute film doesn't go deep into the cause and spread of these astonishing practices--or, more importantly, what can be done other than generally informing people and empowering them to raise their voices. The summit displayed in the film, among women who fight for the cause across the globe, rarely looks to the future and comes closer to preaching to the choir than uniting efforts in the interest of progress. In many ways, "Honor Diaries," sadly, is a drop in a pond.
Showing: 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15