Check out this riveting documentary about the conflict between constitutional and tribal justice in Pakistani society, and the fault lines that run through it. Titled “The Kohistan Video Scandal,” the film delves into the gruesome practice of so-called “honor killings” that are often carried out in remote and conservative areas of the country.
The story centers around a mobile phone video that goes viral showing four girls clapping while two boys dance in a remote village in Kohistan. Rumors soon spread that the local tribal jirga has ordered their killing because of the shame they have brought upon their families. Amidst public pressure, the Supreme Court sends a fact-finding commission to investigate, and a court order is issued for the girls to be brought in front of a judge, dead or alive, a first in Pakistan’s legal history. But, are the girls still alive? As the documentary reveals, modern technology is exposing the conflict between old beliefs and modern views at an accelerating rate in many traditional societies.
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