Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy makes Pakistan Proud
Most urban Pakistanis woke up to the news of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy bringing home the first Oscar to Pakistan. Needless to say the news spread like wild-fire across the country providing an excuse to the people of this terrorism marred South Asian nation with a reason to celebrate.
The Pakistani documentary ‘Saving Face’ produced by Sharmeen Obaid won the Oscar for feature documentary at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. In the 84-year history of the awards, this was the first time ever that any piece of work coming from Pakistan was nominated for an Academy Award and as lucky as Chinoy was, Pakistan’s first nomination also became its first win.
Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the film narrates the story of a British plastic surgeon, Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who returns to his country of origin every year, dedicating his time bring back smiles on the faces of victims of acid burns. The film goes on to follow the plight of one specific woman as she struggles to see that the perpetrators of the crime are imprisoned for life.
The documentary competed against “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” a Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson film about a mid-century starlet who chose the church over Hollywood; “The Barber of Birmingham,” a Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday film that follows the life of 85-year-old barber James Armstrong and the legacy of the civil rights movement; James Spione’s war film, “Incident in New Baghdad”; and “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” a film by Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen that follows survivors of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and their struggle to recover from the losses that they have incurred.