CALIFORNIA – Internationally known Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s second documentary ‘A Girl In The River: The Price of Forgiveness’ won the Oscar 2016 at the 88th Academy Award Ceremony scheduled to be held here in Hollywood on Sunday.
‘A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness’ is among five films which have been nominated for this year’s Academy Award in the Best Documentary- Short Subject category.
In case Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s work, that highlights the issue of honour killings in Pakistan, grabs this year’s Oscar, it would be the second Academy Award pocketed by the filmmaker. Sharmeed Obaid Chinoy holds a rare distinction of being among the nine women film directors in the world to have won Oscars for non-fiction films.
As we all know pride of nation Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy mark history by winning Pakistan’s first Oscar four years ago and won the Oscar 2016 second time at the 88th Academy Award Ceremony. Now she again named herself the title in Hollywood second Academy Award for her traumatic movie about a teenager girl shot in the face by her own family.
But as we have seen other Oscar nominees being obsessive about their looks, hair and make-up, the 37-year-old star has raised goals much higher. How to stop honor killings in Pakistan, where she says more than 1,000 women are murdered each year by male relatives for purportedly bringing shame on the family.
On February 22, Sharmeen’s Oscar nominated documentary was screened at a programme held at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad. On the occasion, Prime Nawaz Sharif had said that the government was set to formulate legislation to put a curb on the killings of women in the name of honour.
Earlier in 2012, Chinoy had won the Oscar for her documentary film ‘Saving Face’ that focused on Pakistan’s another grim issue of disfiguring of the faces of girls and women by men on various pretexts by throwing acid at them.