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‘A Girl in the River’: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s new documentary shortlisted for Oscar


Pakistani film-industry is being revived for couple of years as well as the artists striving their best to restore the industry and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is one of them as her documentary ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ is shortlisted for Oscar nominations under the category of Best Documentary – Short Subject.


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The documentary has been nominated with 9 other films hailing the same category.

In collaboration with Home Box Office (HBO), Sharmeen follows the life of an 18-year-old girl in A Girl in the River’, where she depicts the girl who is a survivor of an honour killing attempt- the burning issue in Pakistan, more specifically in tribal and illiterate regions, where more than a 1,000 women fall victim to this practice each year, usually at the hands of their own elders.


The documentary, which portrays the plight of oppressed women, is quite close to the maker’s personal life.

“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,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy expressed.

Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time that Sharmeen’s work is successfully grabbed the attention of the Academy. Earlier, she emerged as the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her previous documentary – Saving Face in 2012.

Apart from ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’, another documentary of her ‘Song of Lahore’ has also hit the media and been earning much praise.

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