‘A Girl in the River’ nominated for an Oscar!
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness has been nominated as one of only 5 documentaries from across the globe, in the Best Documentary – Short subject category for the 88th Academy Awards. The announcement was made earlier today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, more popularly known as The Oscars, due to take place on February 28, 2016. Obaid-Chinoy has previously won Pakistan’s first Academy Award for her documentary Saving Face at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012. She is one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film.
The SOC Films and Home Box Office [HBO] production film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, is based on the controversial practice of honor killing in Pakistan. The film follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale. Honor killings affect hundreds of women in Pakistan every year where women are killed in the name of “honor”. Many of these murders are not documented.
““I am delighted that A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness has been nominated for an Academy Award. This film and its message is incredibly important to me. Honor killings affect hundreds of women in Pakistan every year and I hope that the film and its message will catalyze awareness and action around this crisis, igniting change for women and help put an end to this tragic abuse of human rights. This is an opportunity for Pakistan to acknowledge that it has a problem and to address it with urgency because there is no honor in an honor killing. We will send out a strong message that this heinous crime is not a part of our culture or religion, and by passing this legislation we will stand up for those victims who are no longer with us today,” said Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is set to air on America’s premier television cable network HBO, in 2016.