Monday, February 27, 2012


Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy gets Pakistan its first Oscar

When Pakistani documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was nominated for the Oscars, the first and only from the country, she gave herself a fair one in five chance at winning. On Monday, she won for Pakistan its first Golden Boy for her 52-minute documentary Saving Face, co-directed by US-based Daniel Junge, in the short documentary category. The documentary traces the lives of of acid attack victims and a doctor who comes to Pakistan to treat them.

 Chinoy was born and raised in Karachi, received a bachelors degree from Smith College and completed two masters degree from Stanford University. In 2012,  she won an Emmy for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban. She has made 13 documentaries on conflict situations.

Previously her journalistic work has won her Broadcast Journalist of the Year award in the UK for The New Apartheid, a series of documentary films about xenophobia in South Africa. She has als0 won The Overseas Press Club Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Award, The Cine Golden Eagle award and the Banff Rockie Award.

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