OSCAR®-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS DEBUTS MARCH 6TH, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
The documentary explores the clash of traditional and modern forces impacting women living in Pakistan
MIAMI, Fla. – March 3, 2017 – Told through the lens of a love story, A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness examines the tensions between tradition and modernism in Pakistan when it premieres on Monday, March 7th at 21hrs*, exclusively on HBO. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (HBO’s Oscar®-winning Saving Face), the groundbreaking documentary follows one woman who survived to tell the story of her attempted “honor killing” by her own family, for marrying someone from different social class.
A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness explores the complex forces faced by women in Pakistan today, as well as the clashing interpretations of women’s rights and family honor, while chronicling the dramatic journey of a courageous young woman as she fights for her life, for her dignity and for justice. The film received an Oscar® nomination in the category of Best Documentary Short, bringing attention to the human rights crisis surrounding honor killings in Pakistan, where more than 1,000 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, allowing them to return to the community unpunished.
A Girl in The River chronicles Saba’s reunification with both her husband and mother, her extensive surgery, a fierce court battle in which her pro bono human rights lawyer is dismissed, and the ultimate resolution of the case that frees her father and uncle.
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Produced and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, A Girl in the River is executive produced by Tina Brown and Sheila Nevins with Geof Bartz as editor, Haya Fatima Iqbal as co-producer, Lisa Heller as senior producer and Asad Faruqi as director of photography.
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