In 2011, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani filmmaker to get an Oscar for her Saving Face, a grim documentary on acid attack victims in her country. This year, she repeated history by winning the same award for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

The film tackles the prevalence of honour killings in Pakistan, which result in around 1,000 women annually, with the perpetrators being primarily male relatives. It follows the story of 18-year-old Saba Qaiser, a rare survivor who was attacked by her father for getting married without their consent. The two shot her in the head and threw her body in the river. Fortunately, Qaiser survived and managed to find her way to help. Read more…

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