Screening of the Oscar-winning HBO Documentary
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
The story of a young Pakistani woman who survived an attempted honor killing
Every year, many girls and women become victims of honor killings in rural areas in South Asia including Pakistan. This documentary tells the story of eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, and was then targeted by her father and uncle but miraculously survived. The film itself is a bold step. While uncovering the disturbing practice of honor killings, it also recognizes the changes that are taking place in Pakistan to address this. It reflects the resilience of Pakistani society and the potential for reform where it's most needed through a process of introspection and inclusive engagement of all stake holders.
Our film screening will be preceded with remarks by Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani about steps the Pakistan Government is undertaking to end the reprehensible practice of honor killings.
Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani assumed his responsibilities as Ambassador of Pakistan on January 2, 2014. He previously served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan (March 2012 to December 2013), Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union (2009-2012) and as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Australia (2007-2009). He has been the Government’s Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Director General South Asia and SAARC as well as held overseas assignments in Jeddah, London, Washington and New Delhi. Ambassador Jilani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and M.Sc. in Defense and Strategic Studies.
More About the Speakers
Special Guest Speaker
His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow