LOS ANGELES (Web Desk) – Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made history as the only Pakistani to win two Oscar awards.
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The 37-year-old director claimed her second career Oscar for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” in the category Best Documentary. The film follows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a survivor of an honour killing attempt.
Sharmeen Obaid previously won a documentary short Oscar for “Saving Face” in 2012, about acid attacks.
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” is set to air on HBO Canada on March 7.
“This is what happens when determined women get together,” a triumphant Obaid-Chinoy declared to cheers from the celeb-studded crowd.
“This week the Pakistani prime minister has said that he will change the law on honour killing after watching this film. That is the power of film.”
“This week the Pakistani PM said he would change the law on honor killing after watching this film — that is the power of film!” Sharmeen said.
Her competition included Toronto-based journalist Adam Benzine, up for his short film “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah.”
Obaid-Chinoy’s other accolades include a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum and a state honour from the Pakistani government.
According to Google, Canada Following her Oscar win for Documentary Short, search interest in Obaid-Chinoy increased worldwide by 177 per cent.