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A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Pakistan / United States, 2015 (documentary, 40 minutes, colour, Punjabi)

Film Description:
"In Pakistan, more than 1000 women perceived as having compromised the 'honor' of their families are reported to be killed each year. Families are often pressured to forgive and absolve the aggressors, which allows them to return to the community. Told through the lens of a love story, this [...] documentary examines the tensions between modernism and tradition in Pakistan. [...] The film follows Saba, a young Pakistani woman, who has survived her attempted honor killing by her own family. While exploring the complex issues facing women in Pakistan today, as well as clashing interpretations of women's rights and family honor, and the pressures to forgive relatives for their crimes, the film chronicles the dramatic journey of a courageous young woman as she fights for her life, for her dignity and for justice."
-- HBO Documentary Films (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Sara Bernstein, Lisa Heller, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Haya Fatima, Tina Brown, Sheila Nevins
Cinematography: Asad Faruqi
Film Editing: Geof Bartz
Music: Wendy Blackstone
Production Company: HBO Documentary Films, SOC Films
(sources)

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