"Outlawed in Pakistan" Screens at AFI Docs Film Festival

outlawed in pakistan

Kainat Soomro accused four men of gang raping her as a teenager. Her decision to report the rape led tribal elders to order her death. Image by Hilke Schellmann. Pakistan, 2010.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 03:15pm EDT to Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:00am EDT (GMT -0400)

"Outlawed in Pakistan" screens twice in Washington, DC, on June 20 and 23, telling the story of Kainat Soomro as she takes her rape case to Pakistan’s deeply flawed court system in hopes of getting justice.

Kainat accused four men of gang rape when she was a teenager. Her decision to go public led tribal elders to order her death because, in their view, her rape brought shame to the village. Spanning five years, the story is told through the perspective of Kainat and the four men accused. The Pulitzer Center-supported film shows the strength that women like Kainat possess, even in the face of extraordinary obstacles, as they resist societal norms and turn their backs on tribal traditions to demand justice from a legal system that continues to fail them.

Directed by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann.

8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 20, 3:15 p.m.

555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
June 23, 10:00 a.m.

For more information and to buy tickets for both events, visit the AFI Docs Film Festival website.