Join us June 9th for a special screening of the HBO documentary, “A Girl in the River”—which tells the story of Saba, an 18-year-old from Pakistan, who falls in love with a boy in her hometown and marries him. Deprived of their control over her life, her father and uncle bundle her into a car one night, shoot her in the head, and dump her body in a nearby river. Stunningly, she survives—but neither of her attackers sees their act as a crime.
The Oscar-winning film, directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, has forced an unprecedented examination of so-called honor killings in Pakistan and elsewhere and highlighted the power of film to advance social change.
The 40-minute documentary will be screened at the World Bank’s MC Atrium with Ana Revenga, World Bank senior director for poverty, introducing the film, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Sudhir Shetty, World Bank chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific region. Speakers will include Annette Dixon, World Bank Group vice president for South Asia; Caren Grown, World Bank Group senior director for gender; and Lynn Rosenthal, vice president of strategic partnership, National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect and former White House advisor on violence against women and girls.