Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy proves herself as the pride of Pakistan by making history as the only Pakistani to win two Oscar awards.
The filmmaker was awarded the Oscar for her moving documentary A Girl in the River, a 40 minute film about the story of an 18-year-old girl who fell in love and eloped against her family’s wishes. For this shameful act her father and uncle pummeled her, shot her in the head, put her in a bag and threw her in a river to die. She somehow survived.
The documentary sheds light on honour killings in Pakistan and how girls fall victim of this inhuman practice in the hands of the people they call their own.
Wearing a floor-length black Sana Safinaz coat over a matching dress, the very fashionably on point filmmaker walked 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.
First Saving Face and now A Girl By In River, Sharmeen continues to highlight the social horrors of the Pakistani society and culture. After recently meeting Chinoy in Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif in a statement pledged and promised to “rid Pakistan of these evils by bringing in appropriate laws and legislations.”
Now isn’t this the power of film and determined women combined?