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'Veil of Tears' Tells Untold Stories of Oppression, Hope for Women in South Asia

International Women's Day Serves as Backdrop to Movie's March 28 Release

Contact: Roe Ann Estevez, 214-605-0733          

CARROLLTON, Texas, March 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Veil of Tears"  (www.veiloftearsmovie.com), the riveting new documentary from Gospel for Asia (GFA) that releases in the U.S. March 28, tells the untold stories of millions of women in South Asia who face oppression simply because of their gender.

Photo: "Veil of Tears" (www.veiloftearsmovie.org), a new documentary from Gospel for Asia, opens in select cities March 28 (www.veiloftearsmovie.com/cities).    Churches have an opportunity for special viewings of "Veil of Tears" March 26 - 30 through a free simulcast (www.veiloftearsmovie.com/churches.) 

On International Women's Day on March 8, when many around the world celebrate the value of women and their important contributions to societies, millions of women still struggle for basic rights that many take for granted.

"Each day, many women across South Asia wake up with little hope for tomorrow, their lives radically altered by abuse, mistreatment," said Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. "Our goal with 'Veil of Tears' is to realistically portray their plight, but also communicate that we have a moral obligation to care for these women, act on their behalf and bring some measure of hope and restoration to their lives."

Women in this part of the world can be subject to a variety of abuses and mistreatment, including infanticide, dowry-related homicide, such as bride burning, sex trafficking and widow abandonment. "Veil of Tears" tells the heartbreaking stories of women caught in these cultural norms -- the pain, devastation and destruction -- but also about the hope.

While "Veil of Tears" will captivate viewers with the stark reality of the lives many women experience in this part of the world, GFA wants to help empower them with Christ's love, giving them hope, encouragement and the practical resources to move beyond their cultural limitations.

"Veil of Tears" is directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Kenny and Kyle Saylors. The brothers have spent nearly two decades involved with critically-acclaimed projects, including music videos, motion pictures, television series and documentary films. Some of their award-winning work includes "Kimjongilia," which was an Official Selection at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Last fall, the brothers produced and directed the FOX Sports television docu-series "The Gamebreaker," which starred NFL stars Reggie Bush and DeMarcus Ware.

Christian recording artist and Grammy-award nominee Natalie Grant serves as narrator of "Veil of Tears." She experienced a life-changing trip to India several years ago. That trip ignited a new passion and direction in her music, but it has also inspired her to take action in tangible ways to help the women of India, including serving as narrator of the film.

"My life is forever changed because of that trip," Grant said. "Not only seeing the oppression of women, but also seeing what hope can do. We have the opportunity to bring hope to these women, and that's the remarkable story of this movie."

"Veil of Tears" is scheduled to appear in 19 cities nationwide, including Anaheim, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; and New York City, New York. For a complete list of cities, visit www.veiloftearsmovie.com/cities.

Churches have an opportunity for special viewings of "Veil of Tears" March 26 - 30 through a free simulcast. To find out more, visit www.veiloftearsmovie.com/churches

Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) is a mission organization based in Carrollton, Texas, involved in sharing the love of Jesus across South Asia.

To schedule an interview with Dr. K. P. Yohannan or the filmmakers, or to review "Veil of Tears," contact Roe Ann Estevez @ 214-605-0733 or restevez@inchristcommunications.com.