Pakistani Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy


Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has just won her first and Pakistan’s first Oscar. Her documentary film Saving Face, co-directed by US-based Daniel Junge, follows Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad who preforms re-constructive surgery on acid attack survivors in Pakistan.

In her acceptance speech Chinoy said she hoped her film will resonate for others in Pakistan.

“It is a story of hope with a powerful message for the Pakistani audience. I felt this would be a great way to show how Pakistanis can help other Pakistanis overcome their problems,” she said.

Dawn.com caught up with the Oscar winning documentary maker before she left for Los Angles to attend the Academy Awards. Here Chinoy speaks about her own aspirations as a film-maker, her documentaries and what Saving Face means for Pakistan.

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  1. I think this speaks powerfully for freedom of speech and conscience and a strong possibility that in our global village the politics of coercing one’s opinion on others, less fortunate, in one dimension or the other, may be coming to an end!

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