Pak journalist’s documentary earns Oscar nomination

Pakistani documentary 'Saving Face' focuses on a plastic surgeon who helps women attacked with acid.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published:January 25, 2012 6:41 pm

Journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy today became the first Pakistani to earn an Oscar nomination with her documentary ‘Saving Face’,which focuses on a plastic surgeon who helps women attacked with acid.

The film co-directed by Chinoy and Daniel Junge was nominated in the ‘documentary,short film’ category of the Oscar awards.

Chinoy has directed several documentary films and won an Emmy award in 2010 for her documentary ‘Pakistan: Children of the Taliban’.

In a message posted on Twitter,Chinoy said,“It hasn’t sunk in yet but I’m going 2 the Oscars with Saving Face 4 best doc short – proud moment 4 me & my team & I hope 4 Pakistan.”

In another message,she recalled her father had died the day she received an Emmy award.

‘Saving Face’ chronicles the life of a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who donates time to heal acid victims in Pakistan. It also documents the journey of these women as they come to terms with the violence in their lives and how they fight against all odds to learn to live again,said a statement on Chinoy’s website.

The film highlights the story of two women from southern Punjab who are victims of acid attacks. “It’s a positive story about Pakistan on two accounts: firstly,it portrays how a Pakistani-British doctor comes to treat them and it also discusses,in great depth,the parliament’s decision to pass a bill on acid violence”,Chinoy had said when the film was shortlisted for the Oscar nominations in October last year.

According to the new Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill,perpetrators can be punished with imprisonment for life.

‘Saving Face’ was shot in Islamabad,Rawalpindi and several towns of Punjab.

The film was released in the US in November. It is due to be released in Pakistan later this year.

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