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  April-June 2012           



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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Wins the Oscar
for her short documentary 'Saving Face'

 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short Subject for their film "Saving Face" at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

 'Saving Face' is about the problem of acid attacks on women in Pakistan. The documentary chronicles the work of Dr Jawad, who performed reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan. It follows him as he travels around the country to perform reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid violence. The documentary was filmed across Islamabad, Rawalpindi and the small towns of Punjab.

Chinoy was born and raised in Karachi, received a bachelors degree from Smith College and completed two masters degree from Stanford University. In 2012,  she won an Emmy for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban. She has made 13 documentaries on conflict situations.

 In her acceptance speech, Chinoy dedicated the award to “all the heroes working on the ground in Pakistan” including British Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad, main subjects of the documentary and the women of Pakistan.“All the women in Pakistan working for change, don’t give up on your dreams, this is for you,” she said.

 “To win … and with such a subject – it’s such an honour,” he said.

 More than 100 people, mainly women and girls, are disfigured in acid attacks every year in Pakistan, although groups helping survivors say many more cases go unreported. "Victims are often permanently blinded, and their scar tissue can become infected with septicemia or gangrene."

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