Who Will Cast the First Stone?


Effects of strict Islamic law in Pakistan.

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Producer: Retake Film & Video Collective
Year Produced: 1988
Running time: 52 minutes
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Shows the effects of strict observance of Islamic law in Pakistan, where extramarital sex has become a crime against the state, punishable by death. Looks at the oppression and injustice this has brought to many Pakistani women. Women in prison and on bail describe how they were wrongfully accused by husbands and in-laws; how they were found guilty when innocent, and how religion is used as both judge and executioner. Includes reactions from Pakistani men too: a victim of the system who is to be stoned to death with his wife; a judge who endorses such punishment through Islam; and others who point out the contradictions of Islamic interpretation.
This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes of the country in which it was made and language of the time it was made. But the issues raised are timeless.

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