Outlawed in Pakistan, a film by Women You Should Know Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, follows the gang-rape case of Kainat Soomro, a Pakistani girl, who in a daring move takes four men to court for her alleged rape. Spanning four years, the film is told through the perspective of Kainat and the alleged rapists as the two parties battle in court in a fight that turns deadly.
In Pakistan, it’s not uncommon for rape victims to be treated more harshly than their rapists, even by their own families and the justice system. This teenage girl demanded otherwise.
Frontline is airing the full-length film on PBS. Check your local listings for times.
About the Filmmakers
Habiba Nosheen is a Peabody award-winning Pakistani journalist based in New York. Her radio documentary “What Happened at Dos Erres?” aired on This American Life and was called “a masterpiece of storytelling” by The New Yorker. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic and also on NPR, WNYC and CBC. Previously, she shot and produced the PBS films Surrogacy: Wombs for Rent? and To Adopt a Child. Nosheen teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at @Habibanosheen.
Hilke Schellmann is an award-winning investigative documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. She has worked previously on films for HBO and as a producer for National Geographic and German television. She produced Surrogacy: Wombs For Rent? for PBS. Schellmann’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, TIME and The Atlantic as well as on WYNC. Until recently, Schellmann spearheaded video coverage for The Wall Street Journal. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she now teaches. You can follow her on Twitter at @HilkeSchellmann.