Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy wins second Oscar award

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

LOS ANGELES: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on Monday made history as the only Pakistani to win two Oscar awards. She was awarded the Oscar in the category Best Documentary – Short Subject for her documentary A Girl in the River, which follows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a survivor of an honour killing attempt.

Sharmeen earlier walked on the red carpet with her mother and the SOC Films team.

“I have another one!” said Sharmeen as she took the stage to accept the award, her second after 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 honour 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 honour killing after watching this film — that is the power of film!” said Sharmeen in closing.

Sharmeen caught the government’s attention with A Girl in the River — the film was screened at the PM House in Islamabad just last week. Following 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.

Just a few hours before her win Sharmeen had stated in a Facebook post: “In just a few hours the team of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness will walk the red carpet at the Oscars! Whether we win or lose today we should be very proud of the fact that this film has ignited a national discourse about honor killings in Pakistan and has spurred the government to work on tougher legislation! That achievement shows that we are maturing as a democracy and today I’m so very honored and humbled that we have been able to move the needle on this issue.”

Nawaz, Imran congratulate Sharmeen on winning Oscar Award

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday congratulated Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on winning the Oscar’s Award for the second time for her documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”.

The Prime Minister, in a statement, lauded the efforts of Sharmeen, and said that there was no place for killing in the name of honour in Islam.

He said that every single individual had to come forward against injustice. He assured of taking steps for the elimination of torture against women by forming a separate legislation body.

He termed Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Pakistan’s proud who was playing a role in promoting civilization and culture in the world by highlighting societal issues.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, in a message on micro-blogging website twitter, n congratulated Sharmeen Chinoy, saying, “It is a great achievement and proud movement for Pakistan.”


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