Now playing in select theaters from Global Digital is the award winning documentary film, Knots: A Forced Marriage Story. The film is directed by Kate Brewer.
When people get married, it’s usually all about two people who are madly in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together. At least that is what marriage is for most people. However, thousands of girls and young women right here in the United States are forced into arranged marriages, often with much older men.
In a ten year period, nearly 250,000 girls and women were forced into marriages right here in the United States – right here in your own “backyard.”
Forced marriages are not born out of love. People are forced to get married to people they barely know, or don’t know at all. Many times it has to do with the family’s religion. It’s legal too! That is crazy!
I have heard of arranged marriages in other countries, but I never expected that to be so prevalent here in the states.
This documentary examines that lives of three women, all of which have been in forced marriages. These women are survivors.
Nina Van Harn, Fraidy Reiss and Sara Tesneem all share personal details about how their arranged marriages came about, how they managed to survive in their loveless marriages, and how they were able to escape their marriages. These brave women are lending their voices and sharing their stories in hopes of helping a historic fight to end forced marriages.
Forcing women (and some men too) into getting married at a young age, as well as to people they don’t even know, is a human rights violation. I understand that in many religions that it’s the practice to arrange marriages. I’m not suggesting that all arranged marriages are bad too. But I think in this day and age, that practice seems very outdated. It’s not right for young girls to be forced into marriage and denied the opportunity to make something of their lives, finish school, attend college or trade school (if they wish to do so) in order to be someone’s wife if they opt not to.
People don’t look into the abuse aspect of arranged marriages either. Most of these marriages are consummated, which means grown men (20’s, 30’s, 40’s…) are having intercourse with teenagers. That is a form of statuary rape of a minor – marriage or not.
I appreciate the women in this film sharing their stories and shining a bright light on the issue of forced marriages here in the United States.
The film will be released via The Laemmle both theatrically and on their digital platform on May 7, 2021 followed by a wider digital release June 4, 2021.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.