“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” (Pakistan, 2015, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 39’)

The documentary film "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. The young woman who miraculously survived the brutal attack by her father and uncle had the support of a local police officer, who helped put them in prison. Initially, she fought the case determined to get the maximum punishment for the two perpetrators. But for weeks the young woman was pressured by the community elders to forgive and forget, to bring peace back to the neighborhood — and to release the sole breadwinner of her large family from prison. Pakistani law allows for victims of honor crimes to forgive the perpetrators. Most women never survive the attack and virtually no one has ever been sent to jail for an honor killings crime. In her case she eventually had to forgive.
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