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Emmy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest movie Saving face is crowned with an Oscar nomination in the category “Best Documentary Short Subject”
Saving Face is the story of two women from South Punjab who are victims of acid attack. “It’s a positive story about Pakistan on two accounts: firstly, it shows how a Pakistani-British doctor comes to treat and it is also discussed in great depth, the parliament of the decision to a bill by give acid violence, “Obaid-Chinoy had said her film was nominated for the nominations in October 2011, according to The Express Tribune. The recently deceased Acid Acid Control and Crime Bill requires that the perpetrators of acid violence be punished with life in prison
Pakistani documentary nominated for Oscar Awards
Saving Face was released in the U.S. in November 2011, and the Oscars on 26 February 2012.
Born in 1978 in Karachi, Sharmeen is the first Pakistani to win an Emmy Award. She won for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010. She graduated from Smith College in the United States with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and government and then went to complete two Master’s degrees from Stanford University in International Policy Studies and Mass Communications.
Obaid-Chinoy began her career at the New York Times Television in 2002 with the production of Children Terror, a film about Afghan refugee children, which won her the Overseas Press Club Award, the American women and Radio and Television Award, and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. Since then she has produced and reported on more than a dozen films over the world. Her films have been broadcast on Channel 4, CNN, PBS, and Al-Jazeera English.
Sharmeen has a very ambitious social and educational reform in her country. Besides her career as a filmmaker, Sharmeen is a TED fellow and a social entrepreneur. She is actively working to establish an “education revolution” in Pakistan Sindh province. “There must be an overhaul,” Obaid-Chinoy recently told Fast Company. “Textbooks are outdated and I’ve been working with the government on how to stimulate critical thinking and move away from rote learning …. It is difficult, because the mentality is not there. The teachers are essentially products of the same system. We have the culture that long break. ”
Sindh’s teachers are now spending much time in professional training with education experts to try and reform the teaching of English, mathematics and social studies. “We are making this a movement for education for social change,” Obaid-Chinoy told Fast Company
What Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and her fellow social entrepreneurs are doing in unhealthy culture of Pakistan of the complaints is truly inspiring. Let’s hope others will follow in her footsteps candles to stabbing and not just cursing the darkness
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