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Shame (2006)

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In modern Pakistan, Ghulam Fareed lives a poor lifestyle in Meerwala along with his daughter, Mukhtaran Mai and son, Shaqoor. Meerwala is a village without any roads, schools, a Police ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Mukhtaran Mai Mukhtaran Mai ... Herself
Faiz Buy Mastoi Faiz Buy Mastoi ... Himself
Shaqoor G. Fareed Shaqoor G. Fareed ... Himself - Mukhtaran's brother
Hazoor Bux Fareed Hazoor Bux Fareed ... Himself - Mukhtaran's brother
Allah Bechai Allah Bechai ... Herself - Mukhtaran's mother
Ghulam Fareed Ghulam Fareed ... Himself - Mukhtaran's dad
Mureed Abbas Mureed Abbas ... Himself
Salma Mastoi Salma Mastoi ... Herself
Yacob Khan Yacob Khan ... Himself - defender of accused
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naseem Akhtar Naseem Akhtar ... Herself
Shaukat Aziz Shaukat Aziz ... Himself - Pakistani Prime Minister
Nicholas Kristof Nicholas Kristof ... Himself (as Kristof D. Nicholas)
Taj Mastoi Taj Mastoi ... Herself - Mother of accused
Mohammed Naqvi ... Himself


In modern Pakistan, Ghulam Fareed lives a poor lifestyle in Meerwala along with his daughter, Mukhtaran Mai and son, Shaqoor. Meerwala is a village without any roads, schools, a Police Station, or even electricity. Girls' marriages are arranged when they are barely 12 years old. During March, 2002, Shaqoor allegedly molests a girl from the Mashtoi family, who live next door. The local Panchayat meets and decides that Mukhtaran must also be molested by males of the Mashtoi family, accordingly she is raped by about 14 men. Shunned, hurt, confused, devastated, she makes her way to the Police Station to file a report against this rape. This is where she will find out that it is not easy to find justice in a country that has been ruled by men and the military for eons, where the woman is still considered a possession - when she does well, she lives up to the family's reputation, but when she does bad, she brings shame to the entire clan. Her persistence pays off, and with the intervention ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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pakistan | rape | women's rights | See All (3) »






Pakistan | USA


Urdu | English

Release Date:

2 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Islamabad, Pakistan See more »

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Powerful doc with little editorializing
4 September 2008 | by kschilbrackSee all my reviews

I just watched this powerful story which covers 4 and 1/2 years of Mukhtaran Mai's life. It opens with news of her punishment by gang rape but then follows her brave drive to stand up for women: testifying at the trial, creating a school for girls, and transforming her village, all while under death threats. The director -- himself a Muslim who grew up in Pakistan -- focuses squarely on the public events and does not hide the brutality or the sexism of Mukhtaran's story, but he lays the events out with no animosity towards Islam or Pakistan. This movie would be useful for courses on culture, law, religion, and gender. Highly recommended.

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