March 3, 2016

Pakistani Double Oscar Winner | Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy; a Pakistani journalist, activist and filmmaker born on 12 November 1978, in Karachi Pakistan.

She won many awards in her documentary making field which include 3 Emmy Awards and 1 Academy award for her documentary “Saving Face" in 2012.

She has also won the “Livingston award” for young journalist, and also Hilal-e-Imtiaz from Pakistan Government, which is the second highest award of Pakistan.

In 2012 she was added in the list of 100 most in-fluent people of the world by “Time Magazine”. In 2015 she also holds the honor to make the first animated movie of Pakistan named “3 Bahadur”.

Now she was nominated for Academy Award for her latest Documentary “A Girl In A River - The Price of Forgiveness" which was made in 2015, the dream came true for the second time in a row as she was presented with a penultimate prize again.

Story behind this documentary film is based on honor killings in Pakistan. A girl named Saba was shot none other than his father for marrying a man namely Qaiser Ali a generator mechanic against his family will.

This incident was published in Urdu Daily News Paper in June 2014 more than 500 hundred man and women died in the name of honor killing in 2015 according to human right commission of Pakistan, the issue raised in this documentary will help to make tougher laws against this evil practice as it’s not something part of our religion or culture but nothing more rather than a stain on society.

The attention which the film has received abroad and home including PM of Pakistan might help push the amendments in Laws of Human rights and congratulated Sharmeen on wining the Oscar and pledge on government’s commitment to rid Pakistan of the “evil” of honor killings by bringing in appropriate legislation

The film was screened at PM`s residence to an audience of prominent Pakistan. The greatest win of the film would be if the prime minister does take the lead and bring the stakeholders on board and they pass the act against honor killings. Sharmeen’s “insights” could prove helpful to depict the state of women’s rights in Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens.

Author: Zaka-Ullah

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