Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal
ProducersBrishkay Ahmed Elizabeth Sanchez
SubjectsDiversity Gender Studies Pashto Politics Social Sciences Urdu
- Release Date 2016
- Running Time Various
- Closed Captions No
- Availability Canada, USA
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Modernity clashes with tradition in a remote village in the Kohistan region of Northern Pakistan when footage shot on a mobile phone goes viral and conclusions are drawn that two families have been dishonoured.
Four girls seated on the floor in a room are singing and clapping, their heads covered but their faces visible. In a separate shot, and possibly a different location, a boy films his brother dancing. When villagers view the two shots consecutively, conclusions are drawn and the Tribal Jirga (Council) declares dishonour to the families and orders a fatwa against both families.
Afzal Kohistani, a brother of the boys in the video, is forced into hiding with his family after publicly accusing the Jirga leader of ordering the killing of the girls. An investigative journalist, Haseeb Khawaja, reports on the story, triggering protests and a court order that the girls be brought in front of a judge to prove they are still alive.
Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal highlights the impunity of a parallel legal system that hides behind traditions and religious practices to order "honour" killings. Young urban men like Afzal and Haseeb exemplify hopeful role models in their support and collaboration with women's rights activists to keep this case alive.
English, Urdu and Pashto w/English subtitles
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