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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is Pakistan’s first Oscar nominee

January 24, 2012

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first Pakistani to receive an Oscar nomination. —Photos courtesy Sharmeen Obaid Films
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first Pakistani to receive an Oscar nomination. —Photos courtesy Sharmeen Obaid Films

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani filmmaker to earn an Oscar nomination with her film Saving face, which was nominated in the “Documentary, short film” category as the Oscar nominations were released on Tuesday.

Obaid, who has directed several documentary films, won an Emmy award in 2010 for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban.

Saving face, which the Karachi-based filmmaker has co-directed with Daniel Junge, depicts the life of a British Pakistani plastic surgeon who donates his time to heal acid victims in Pakistan.

The film is set to be released in March this year, while the Oscars will be held on February 26.