Introducing ‘A Girl In River’ — 2016 MPAC Media Awards

MPAC’s 25th annual Media Awards honoree, “A Girl in the River,” is a 2016 Oscar-winning documentary that tackles honor killings in Pakistan, moving the Pakistani Prime Minister to pledge stricter laws to punish offenders after watching it himself.

Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women die from honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Told from the point-of-view of Saba, an 18-year-old survivor, this 2016 Oscar-winning documentary by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy tackles misinterpretations of Islam to justify such a crime and challenges the lack of laws punishing its perpetrators. The Pakistani Prime Minister pledged stricter laws to end honor killings after watching the film. “A Girl in the River” is a testimony of the power of storytelling to change the status quo.

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