WEB DESK: Famous documentary film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won the 88th Academy Awards in Best Documentary – Short Subject for ‘The Girl in the river’ and made history by becoming the only Pakistani to win two Oscar awards.
A Girl in the River, which follows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a survivor of an honour killing attempt. Earlier, she won an Academy Award for Saving Face in 2012.
“This is what happens when determined women get together,” continued Sharmeen. “From Saba, the girl in my film who remarkably survived honor killing and shared her story, to Sheila Nevins, Lisa Heller from HBO and Tina Brown who supported me from day one.
“To the men who champion women, like Geof Bartz who has edited the film to Asad Faruqi, to my friend Ziad who brought this film to the government, to all the brave men out there like my father and husband who push women to go to school and work and who want a more just society for women!”
“This week the Pakistani PM said he would change the law on honor killing after watching this film — that is the power of film!” said Sharmeen in closing.
The film was screened at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad last week. After that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that honour killing was a critical issue and voiced his government’s determination to eradicate this practice from society.
She took to Facebook to share her feeling before walking down red carpet.