Deadly Honour

Doc, Long version: 85 min, Short version: 58 min, color, 2009
Written, directed and produced by: Lipika Pelham
Editor: Natasha Dudinski
Language: Arabic, Hebrew and English, with English or French Subtitles


Narrated by a 15-year old girl, Salma, based on a real life survivor of honour killing, ‘Deadly Honour’ documents multiple murders and attempted murders of young women in the Israeli city of Ramle. Juarish is a closed neighborhood in Ramle where young girls grow up in fear anticipating their turn to face the killers. This fear is sealed with a code of silence – no one talks about the murders, no one goes to court. But the status quo changed one day when the body of a murdered woman was found in a disused well in the forest.


Festival De Libertes, Belgium, 2011

Tunis Documentary International Film Festival, Tunisia, 2011

Detective International Film & TV Programs, Moscow, Russia, 2011

Chungmuro International Film Festival, South Korea, 2010

The 15th Prix CMCA Int’l Documentary & Reportage Film Festival, Marseille France, 2010

Sole Luna Int’l Film Festival, Italy, 2010

Isratim Montreal, Canada, 2010

WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, USA, 2010

DocAviv Int’l Film Festival, Israel, 2010

Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2010

Isratim Film Festival, Paris, 2010

India Int’l Women Film Festival, Special Showcase for Ruth Diskin Films, December 2009

San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010


Special Jury Award – CMCA International Film Festival, France, 2010

Special Jury Remi Award – WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, USA, 2010

Reviews & Articles

Channel 1 airs documentary on honor killings in Ramle“, The Jerusalem Post, Nov 2014

Israel’s Secret Honor Killings“, Daily Beast, Jul 2017

Ruth Films

Israeli Film & Filmakers


Lipika Pelham talks about her film “Deadly Honour”