Thursday, 26 January 2012

Pakistani documentary in Oscar contention

A film about acid attack victims in Pakistan has become the country’s first ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. 
Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s ‘Saving Face’ was nominated in the best documentary short subject category of the 84th Academy Awards to be held 26th February.
The film – shot entirely in Pakistan - highlights acid attacks on women and chronicles the work of acclaimed British-Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammed Jawad as he travels around the country performing reconstructive surgery on scores of victims.
 
Chinoy said she is "speechless" to receive the nomination.  "An Academy Award nomination is stuff dreams are made of. It has reaffirmed my belief it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, if you put quality work out there, it will be appreciated. I hope I can make Pakistan proud by bringing home an Oscar," she told the BBC.
According to government officials, there are approximately 100 acid attacks in Pakistan.  Activists however say that is a gross understatement with the actual number of attacks at several times the official figure. 
- Vijitha Alles

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