United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) organized the screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ at The Millennium University College, Islamabad.
The screening was part of UNIC’s efforts to create a debate on human rights through cinematography and was followed by a panel discussion with Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Country Representative UN Women, Anne Marchal, Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU to Pakistan, Tahira Abdullah, human rights activist and Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre.
“Our honour is not in your hands nor is it in our bodies. Our honour is inherent and intrinsic and our honour resides in our minds and souls and that is the place you can never reach,” Tahira Abdullah said.
Anne Marchal said the documentary gave young people clues to decide what kind of society they want to live in. Sangeeta Thapa informed the audience that UN Women works closely with authorities to widen access to justice for women and girls, support legal and policy reform and promote zero tolerance for violence against women in Pakistan.
The film tells the story of 18-year old Saba who was attacked and injured by her father and uncle for marrying the person of her choice. The 40 minute documentary follows Saba after she survived an attempted honour killing. She refused to forgive her attackers, but later buckled under family pressure, which allowed them to return home.
Students took keen interest in the documentary and appreciated the efforts of United Nations and partners.