A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgivness

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgivness

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Screening time: 13.04.2016. 18:00

Screening location: Kino Europa

Runtime: 40 min

Awards: Academy Awards, USA 2016 Won an Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject


More than 1000 women are killed in the name of “honor” in Pakistan every year. “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.

Told through the lens of a true love story, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgivess” is a scathing examination of the contradictions between modernism and tradition within Pakistani society. In this masterful work of high risk journalistic storytelling, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uncovers the complex and violent forces faced by women in Pakistan, as well as clashing interpretations of Islam as relates to human rights and family honor.

In Pakistan, over 1000 women per year who are perceived as having compromised the “honor” of their families are stoned or shot down in cold blood. Tragically, victims who survive these attacks are pressured by community Elders to forgive their aggressors to bring peace and order amongst neighbors, and to absolve the perpetrators of guilt. Human rights groups in Pakistan are currently lobbying for new laws to protect women from honor killings.

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