Pakistani filmmaker at Oscars with documentary

MUMBAI: Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will be at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday and walk the red carpet in the hope of the golden knight in her hand for her documentary Saving Face.

The 40-minute short, co-directed by US-based Daniel Junge, chronicles the journeys of survivors of acid violence in Pakistan and the reconstructive surgery of their faces done free of cost by UK-based plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad who is regularly in Pakistan for the same.

Said Obaid-Chinoy, “This nomination is a testament to my belief that one’s background is irrelevant; anyone who strives for excellence will receive acknowledgment for their work. I feel proud to be representing Pakistan on such a prestigious stage. The problem with Pakistan has never been a lack of talent or ideas. We just have never had the right resources or infrastructure to project ourselves.”
The documentary was filmed in Pakistan’s Saraiki, an area struggling with unemployment coupled with a dismal literacy rate.

The documentary will compete against Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin’s The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement and Rebecca Cammissa and Julie Anderson’s God is the Bigger Elvis.

Till today, Obaid-Chinoy has made 13 documentaries, all dealing with conflict situation.

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