A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness

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The Film

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 Oscar-nominated documentary examines the tensions between modernism and tradition in Pakistan. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Oscar-winning Saving Face), 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. 
The film has received an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Documentary Short, bringing attention to the human rights crisis surrounding honor killings in Pakistan. 
HBO Documentary Films presents a SOC Films release; produced and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; editor, Geof Bartz; co-producer, Haya Fatima Iqbal; executive producers, Tina Brown and Sheila Nevins; senior producer, Lisa Heller; director of photography, Asad Faruqi; original music by Wendy Blackstone. 

Run time: 39 mins


Cast & Credits








Senior Producer

Executive Producer


Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy


Haya Fatina Iqbal

Geof Bartz A.C.E.

Wendy Blackstone /
Gunnard Doboze

Nadir Siddiqui / Jasir Abro

Asad Faruqui / Nadir Siddiqui / Khurram Victor / Haider Ali / Adrian Permal / Cyrus Viccaji / Mohammad Kashif

Lisa Heller

Tina Brown / Sheila Nevins

The Artist

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She recently completed work on her first two documentary features Song of Lahore and A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival respectively. In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world.

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