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#Winner: Will it be TWICE lucky for Pakistan’s first Oscar-winner?


Pakistan’s first and only Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is up for another Academy Award.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning ‘Saving Face’, has bagged another Oscar nod for ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ in the Best Documenary Short category at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film tells the story of ‘Saba’, an 18-year-old girl from rural Pakistan who is targeted by her father and uncle after she falls in love and elopes.

Unlike the hundreds of girls and women who become victims of so-called “honour killings” in the country Saba manages to escape and survives to tell her story.

On her website, Obaid-Chinoy describes the film as a “scathing examination of the contradictions between modernism and tradition within Pakistani society.”


The film Chinoy uncovers the complex and violent forces faced by women in Pakistan, as well as clashing interpretations of Islam related to human rights and family honour.

Obaid-Chinoy became Pakistan’s first Oscar-winner in 2012 for ‘Saving Face’, a powerful examination of the epidemic of acid attacks on women in the country.

She is one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a statement on Thursday, congratulated the filmmaker on her nomination.

According to the statement, the premier expressed his government’s commitment to rid Pakistan of the evil of honour killings by implementing appropriate legislation.



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