KARACHI: Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy held a press conference in Karachi on Saturday, upon her arrival back in Karachi , Aaj News reported.
Chinoy who also won an Oscar on her documentary in 2012, Saving Face, which was a story of a resilient acid victim, shed light on the state of women rights in Pakistan.
She explained her journey towards the win was not without hurdles. She said that people who try to change the basic perception of Pakistan by showing the actual issue should be appreciated and not criticized.
“There are many who appreciate people like me, who strive to make a change in the society. Who appreciate the kind of work that I am doing. I speak for women and other concerns that are not given importance.”, said Sharmeen in her conference.
Sharmeen was the only colored woman to have won an Oscar this year and made history by being the only Pakistani to have won this prestigious award twice.
She also said that she makes two kinds of movies; Issue based movies and the movies who has inspirational unsung heroes. The battle they face in everyday lives that has to be portrayed and shown to the world.
She also stated that she has grown up listening to the stories that her grand parents used to tell her about how they made their sacrifices and gave up everything for the rightfully earned county that they now live in.
“It is the job of youngsters to bring back the Jinnah’s envisioned Pakistan. They have started working towards it and hopefully we will be brought back to the core idea of freeing the country.” said Oscar winning director.
She also quoted Jinnah and said that he believed that a country can only prosper with men and women working side by side to make it a better place.
“No nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take its women along with the men. No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.” – M.A. Jinnah.
Talking about how women are killed under the name of honor in Pakistan, she told the media that the Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef also condemns the killings in the name of honor.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy also said that all of her work is widely available on the internet and the television channels have also on aired it. She specifically called on to Aaj TV for on airing Aaghaz e Safar, a reality based series.