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Special Screening and Panel: "A Girl in the River"
June 9, 2016MC Atrium, World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, Washington DC

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. 


5:05 PM - Welcome comments from Ana Revenga, World Bank Group Senior Director, Poverty and Equity

5:10-6:00 PM - Screening of "A Girl in the River"

6:00- 6:40 PM - Panel discussion 


  • Annette Dixon, World Bank Vice President, South Asia
  • Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director, Gender
  • Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect, Ex-White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Sudhir Shetty, World Bank Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific
6:40 - 7:00 PM - Reception