Transcript for New Film Investigates Rape in Pakistan
Hi I'm Sheila American car and -- the Sundance Film Festival -- -- talking to the filmmakers behind the very important documentary that's -- here. -- -- It's come about Pakistani teenager kind of -- Who Adams says that she was gang -- powerful -- Tedious back and she and the film follows her story of taking her gang rape case the Pakistani courts and fighting for justice. And that's sort of shows the obstacles and half hearted as four. Even brave woman like her to get justice in a country that is not. Looking too favorably on -- think that. It's -- really heartbreaking. Story and the person -- came to my mind was how. How are you able to shape as it seems incredibly risky for her to be going on camera and talking about -- the horrible things have happened to her when. Her own country wants her to be killed for for being raped by these man. In -- I definitely have. Men who weren't supportive of her. For coming out -- and accusing. He's for -- -- great but you also what we -- in the film you also have. The group of pakistanis -- really working with her to try to. Get her justice and try to make sure that this case in cases like these schools who -- -- the court system and not resolved informally whose tribal system which end up not favoring woman. Do that to date film we also followed the alleged -- and and their journey through -- rate case how that unfolds. So I think you don't want. I'm not going back to cannot what. Drove her to decide you know this isn't -- is now pan am not going -- listener and me to stand by her and saying we are going to spend years of our life. Fighting for you in fighting for for justice. I think that was that was incredible for us as well meeting her and seeing this young -- so determine. And so brave to go out and do this. -- severely -- about frosts and having her family her brother. Her father her mother all supporting her. And go to great lengthening they told us that they at death threats that's why they left -- little -- An interior sand and went to collect change. And lift -- and pity for. Circumstances. I'm so that was something that. To us as well it really -- this family's really determined to get justice and to fight. -- for their daughter to to get justice what is the status of her case now. At a photo reveal the ending of the film. -- spoiler -- diesel keep in touch with her and her. And now I mean kind of then apparently and I mean -- packed with everyone and it -- You know what -- that the struggles are or are they. Or one of the interesting things about asked me this film is we are count us -- we approach this us as a -- piece of journalism. And you know they're. Tons of folks -- do. Fantastic social activist film making. That's just not do and and we don't we know we don't we apologize for either like. This film we were committed to telling the story of how this rape case unfolds but we also committed to making sure that. All with his hard we also know we -- an effort to make sure you hear from the electric rate incidents and hear what. What what -- they had to say to defendants often and you know it's it's it's a film that we hope we'll -- you. A broader perspective on what it's like for everyone involved in fighting a rape case at a place like pockets. I wanted to ask about that as well because Imus and its prices to that you got the electorate is talk on camera and his family to -- and how how easy or hard -- one the a remarkable advantages of being. A female filmmaker and pockets honest nobody takes -- seriously if you show up with a camera. And today many times and you know -- film's most of the film together or you know that between two of us. You know we show up with a camera -- you're just apparel with a camera and nobody's really scared of -- which is just that. The senate just like Buddha as red as the -- you're probably not go ahead Larry -- It has just you don't you don't have that barrier. That you you perhaps might if you were a male field filmmaker. Trying to get that you hear about these cases -- you think about it this from happening. And America -- if this were happening in Europe. I -- people would literally be losing their minds and I don't know what do you think has to happen and for that. Attitude to go away. I think -- -- has has had its you know fair share troubles. It's it's currently you know very. Strange place trying to come to terms -- -- religion and how it sees its. In a political system and and -- religion working together. And then there have been a lot of conflict have -- that you know used. And and this is not removed from not. You know there there is there's definitely -- movement of people in Pakistan who. Want to see this country remain in a very odd traditional -- -- and dictated in and the loss dictated to govern that. Which which are not always favorable to. And there -- -- -- this other you know competing. The movement that wants to see. Issues like rape -- -- -- and and courts regular courts and dealt with then so you have these conflicting. Things happening at the same time. But. The biggest I think. Thing that pakistanis need to. Start talking about. Is the -- that. Honor gets equated with a woman's sexuality with elements. With a with a woman found so. It's it's troubling. When your family's honor -- -- respect is equated with your daughter and her sister and it's if if you want to get back to a family. For having. Done something wrong to you. You rate their daughter or their sister there's something wrong with that's system needs to evolve and I think it is evolving I think. That there you know we we have an attorney in the film says. You know this kind of public confession about -- that you that you -- -- case and other cases. It's hard to imagine a decade two decades three decades ago to things happen absolutely -- in Pakistan and they're definitely people. We're committed to change those things. It's taking a long time.
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