Mukhtaran in NY for Film Festival

New York: Mukhtaran Mai, Pakistan's most recognized icon of women's struggle against tyranny, arrived in New York to participate in the Tribeca Film Festival from May 2 to May 7. A film "Shame" depicting the infamous incident of her life will be screened in New York during her stay..
Mai will participate in a Question and Answer session immediately after screening of the film which chronicles her struggle against the system and her determination to get justice for all wronged women in her village and elsewhere.
Mai was publicly gang-raped to atone for a crime her brother allegedly committed. Instead of killing herself, as she was expected to do, she raised an outcry that became an international cause.
The film is directed by Mohammed Naqvi, a Canada-based Pakistani filmmaker, and is produced by Jill Schneider.
The Tribeca Film Festival draws Hollywood’s A-list and top talents from around the world. For culture addicts, it is two weeks of glitz and glamour. For cinema buffs, it is a promise to discover new films. And for sponsors, it is the opportunity to connect with a passionate and diverse audience.
The festival, which began in 2002, has quickly become a world phenomenon. It is organized by a group headed by Hollywood legend Robert de Niro.
Some 276 films from more than 40 countries, including documentaries, shorts and the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, are being shown.



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