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Shame (2006)






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Mukhtaran Mai was an ordinary woman living in a small village in Pakistan until her extraordinary courage turned an ugly incident into international news and made her a role model for women in the Middle East. Mukhtaran's younger brother became involved with a girl from a neighboring village, and when tribal leaders learned of the boy's indiscretion, they decided both he and his family should be punished. While the boy was beaten and sexually assaulted by men from the neighboring tribe, they didn't stop there -- they also gang raped Mukhtaran, with the complicity of her father and uncle. Under such circumstances, most Muslim women in Pakistan are expected to kill themselves to separate themselves from the shame the assault places on their families, but Mukhtaran refused to do so -- she reported the crime to the police and insisted that the men who attacked her be brought to justice, including a holy man who was involved in the rape. Mukhtaran's unusual story was picked up by the international press (including the New York Times) and came to the attention of the human rights watchdog group Amnesty International, and in time she received the justice she sought. Mukhtaran then used her notoriety to help open a school in her village, despite the opposition of many in the Pakistani government. Canadian filmmaker Mohammed Ali Naqvi brings Mukhtaran's remarkable story to the screen in Shame, a documentary which shows how one women's refusal to be silenced made a profound difference.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mohammed Ali Naqvi, Mohammed Naqvi
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Mu-Nan Pictures

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Full Review… | January 4, 2007
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Full Review… | August 11, 2007
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[font=Century Gothic]"Shame" is a powerful, if unpolished, documentary about Mukhtaran Mai who was gang raped in the remote village of Meerwala, Pakistan on June 22, 2002 on the orders of the local tribal council in punishment for a perceived blow to the honor of a rival family by her younger brother. In cases like this, the family of the victim is shamed and the victim usually either departs or commits suicide. Whereas Mukhtaran did attempt suicide by swallowing acid, she later decided to take action by contacting the local cleric about her plight. He then escorted her to the nearest police station 18 kilometers away in Jatoi to file a complaint. At first they took no action but that changed after she talked to the press and gained international attention for her case. The moral of the story is: if in doubt, cause a stink.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]On the one hand, "Shame" is a portrait in courage. But it also shines a spotlight on rural Pakistan where the tribal councils rule with little interest in modernizing and treat women as chattel. There is no electricity in many parts and the central government is powerless to interfere. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]And I do want to take this time to restate my opposition to the death penalty, no matter how heinous the crime may be. [/font]

Walter M.

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