This film tells the story of three survivors of forced marriage in America. Fraidy Reiss is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish teen from Brooklyn who was coerced into marrying an abusive man. Meanwhile, in Michigan, Nina Van Harn’s Christian father forced her to marry a man he chose for her. And in California, Sara Tasneem was just fifteen when she was kidnapped by her father and forced to marry a 28-year-old man.
Even today, forced marriage cuts across state lines, ages, religions and social strata. Even worse, they are occurring legally across the United States every day.
In November 2019, Kate Ryan Brewer presented a TEDx Omaha talk on the subject of forced and child marriage in the United States and recently spoke at the 65th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Knots is her first feature film.
This is an eye-opener of a film and proves that no matter how far we feel society has progressed, we still have so much more work to do.
Knots: A Forced Marriage Story will be released via The Laemmle both theatrically and on their digital platform on May 7 followed by a wider digital release on June 4.