Land, Gold and Women

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Land, Gold and Women
Land, Gold and Women film poster.jpg
Produced by Michelle Gagnon
Narrated by Terence McKenna
Release date
5 March 2006 (2006-03-05)
Country United Kingdom

Land, Gold and Women is a documentary about the conditions of typical women in rural Pakistan.[1][2] It chronicles the traditional use of ritual gang rape as a method of social control. Central to the film are the stories of Mukhtar Mai, and Dr. Shazia Khalid.[1] The documentary was first broadcast on 5 March 2006.

Mai and Khalid[edit]

Mukhtar was an illiterate woman from a poor farming family.[1] A more highly placed family perceived a slight by her younger brother, who was believed to have been interested in a daughter of a more high-class family. A tribal council ordered Mukhtar to report to the other family, to apologize for her brother. When she arrived, she was taken captive, and gang-raped for several days.

Shazia Khalid was working as a medical doctor in an isolated region of Pakistan. When she was raped, she found that she could not get officials to initiate an inquiry.[1]


The documentary was awarded a gold medal at the New York Film Festival in 2007.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Land, Gold and Women". CBC News. 2006-03-05. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Pakistan, land, gold, women". CBC News. 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ "CBC Television wins Broadcaster of the Year Award at New York Festivals". CBC News. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2008-09-28.