Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, about a survivor of an attempted honour killing in her country, has won the best documentary short award at the 88th Academy Awards.
This is the second win for Sharmeen, who previously bagged the Oscar in the same category in 2011 for “Saving Face”.
Qaiser, 18, fell in love with a man against her family’s wishes. Shortly after they eloped, her father and uncle shot her in the head and left her for dead. Her survival led her to become a rare voice for women in similar situations and the one needed for Obaid-Chinoy to tell the story.
“Thank God I have two of them now. This is what happens when determined women get together from Saba, the woman in my film, who remarkably survives an honour killing and shared her story,” Sharmeen said in her acceptance speech.
“To all brave men out there and my husband who push women to go to school and work.”
Sharmeen said that the impact of the film has been so great that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to change the law of honour killing in the country.
“After watching the film, the PM of Pakistan has decided last week to change the law of honour killing in the country.
Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won the Academy Award for documentary short, credits her time in Canada for helping inform her powerful storytelling.2nd Time Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Wins Oscar Award Video & Photos.
A searing look at honour killings in Pakistan has earned Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy an Academy Award.
The 37-year-old director claimed her second career Oscar on Sunday for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” in the best short documentary category.
The film examines the case of an 18-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a brutal attack by her father and uncle bent on an “honour killing.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Wins Oscar Award 2016, Pictures – Video. Through her documentary, the filmmaker tells the story of an eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived.