Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's A Girl in the River shortlisted for Oscar

The documentary follows the story of an 18-year-old girl, a rare survivor of an honour killing attempt


The documentary follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, a rare survivor of an honour killing attempt. PHOTO: REUTERS

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has kept the ball rolling as her recently released documentary bags another honour.

Her film -- A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness -- has been shortlisted for Oscars nominations in the category of Best Documentary - Short Subject.

The film is among ten documentaries which have been shortlisted in this category -- five of which will be later nominated for the Oscar.

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Sharmeen's documentary follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, a rare survivor of an honour killing attempt, who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.



Every year more than a 1000 women are killed in the name of honour in Pakistan. The vast majority of victims are women attacked by family members.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is a film that resonates with me deeply. It's a film about the kinds of choices we women have in the world and how our lives are impacted by the decisions taken by others,” said Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

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Acclaimed journalist Tina Brown and renowned documentary producer Sheila Nevins have served as the Executive Producers.

Sharmeen is the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her documentary Saving Face in 2012.

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A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is set to air on HBO in 2016.

COMMENTS (6)

Sakina Samee | 5 years ago | Reply V well done. My maid daughter was killed in honor crime last year. we cudnt do anything. no one can help us, no one can help them. we hv 2 try and stop this barbaric practice. honor crimes women always killed. it is good one survived i want to hear that story all pakistan shud hear that story. all mean shud hear that story. How can father or brother kill sister or daughter. what islam is that? what culture is that. 1000 women die silently every year. Who is fighting for their cause, who is fighting for their dead bodies. thank u for speaking out, i thank you, my maid thanks you and her daughters thank you. honor crime is a stain on my pakistan on my religion on my culture.
Saad Qureshi | 5 years ago | Reply My god Jamal you clearly do not know what a documentary filmmaker does- They make films- They raise issues. That is what she is doing. also you didn't see saving face it showed at my college in karachi it is a very positive film about so many people in pakistan who are fighting our issues. please open your eyes and stop being ignorant. Sharmeen also made 3 bahadur this year which so many of us saw and loved and incase you missed it she has a new film about music in pakistan which is opening in cinemas so please keep your negative thoughts to yourself maam we are proud of you thank you
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