NEW YORK—A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, winner of this year’s Academy Award® for Best Documentary, Short Subject, recently made its world premiere on HBO. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (who also won an Oscar® in 2012 for Saving Face) and edited by Geof Bartz, A.C.E., the 40-minute film went through editorial conforming, final color grading and preparation for broadcast at Technicolor PostWorks New York.
A Girl in the River examines the tensions between modernism and tradition in Pakistan through the story of an 18-year-old woman who survived an attempted honor killing. Saba was shot in the head and thrown into a river to die by her father and uncle after she fell in love and married without her family’s permission. The story of Saba’s survival and its complicated aftermath is told through interviews with her, the police officer and doctor who saved her life, and others, including her father.