Whoever said Pakistanis are only good at dramas and movies like Maula Jatt never met Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan’s first Oscar nominee for her soon to be released documentary, Saving Face. Obaid-Chinoy, a journalist and documentarian, had previously won an Emmy for her documentary entitled Pakistan: Children of the Taliban. For her journalistic work on life in Muslim countries, Mrs. Obaid-Chinoy also received the Livingston Award.
Saving Face is about the experiences of a British Pakistani plastic surgeon who donates his time to heal acid victims in Pakistan. It is set to be released in March of 2012 while the Oscars are set to be held February 26th.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is also the founder of the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, dedicated to the preservation of Pakistan’s history. She is a featured TED 2010 fellow who asserts that:
“By bringing the voices of the ordinary people faced with extraordinary challenges to television screens around the world, I hope to affect change in one community at a time.”