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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Academy Award-Winning Short Saving Face to be Screened

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy One of 100 Most Influential People in the World

By Holly Foster
Posted October 16, 2012
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Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will screen her latest work, Saving Face, along with a new film, Fatima, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 4:15 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, K.J. The screening, part of the fall F.I.L.M. (Forum for Images and Languages in Motion) series, is free and open to the public.


In Saving Face, which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject), Chinoy follows two Pakistani women brutally scarred by acid attacks.  They attempt to heal their wounds, hide their scars, and work with an uncooperative legal system to bring their assailants to justice – all within a hostile environment. Saving Face is an intimate look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each woman’s personal journey while showing how reformers are tackling this horrific problem.


Chinoy has made more than a dozen award-winning films in 10 countries and is the first non-American to be awarded the Livingston Award for best international reporting.


In 2012, when she was 33-years-old, Time Magazine included her in the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Chinoy received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and two master’s degrees from Stanford University.

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