Sharmeen Obaid wins se­cond Os­car award

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Sharmeen was awarded the Os­car in the cat­e­gory Best Doc­u­men­tary - Short Sub­ject for her doc­u­men­tary A Girl in the River, which fol­lows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a sur­vivor of an hon­our killing at­tempt.

Wear­ing a floor-length black Sana Sa­fi­naz coat over a match­ing dress, Sharmeen had ear­lier walked the red car­pet with her mother and the SOC Films team. "I have an­other one!" said Sharmeen as she took the stage to ac­cept the award, her se­cond af­ter she won an Academy Award for Sav­ing Face in 2012.

"This is what hap­pens when de­ter­mined women get to­gether," con­tin­ued Sharmeen. "From Saba, the girl in my film who re­mark­ably sur­vived honor killing and shared her story, to Sheila Nevins, Lisa Heller from HBO and Tina Brown who sup­ported me from day one. To the men who cham­pion women, like Geof Bartz who has edited the film to Asad Faruqi, to my friend Ziad who brought this film to the govern­ment, to all the brave men out there like my father and hus­band who push women to go to school and work and who want a more just so­ci­ety for women!"

"This week the Pak­istani PM said he would change the law on honor killing af­ter watch­ing this film -- that is the power of film!" said Sharmeen in clos­ing. Sharmeen has been in Los An­ge­les for the past week in prepa­ra­tion for the Academy Awards, ar­guably Hol­ly­wood's big­gest night of the year.

Sharmeen had pre­vi­ously said that while she was ex­cited by the prospect of win­ning an­other Os­car, she would con­sider her work on the doc­u­men­tary a ' real' suc­cess if she man­aged to help con­vince stake­hold­ers to pass the AntiHonour Killing bill.

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