Sharmeen’s ‘A Girl in the River’ wins Best Documentary Award

06 Oct, 2017 9:49 am

NEW YORK (92 News) – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary ‘A Girl in the River – The Price of Forgiveness’ won the best Documentary Film Award at the prestigious Emmy Awards, as announced in New York on Friday.

Indeed, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first Pakistani to win a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award in the International Television Category. The documentary had previously won an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards and the coveted Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award, in 2016.

Her 40-minute film takes on the practice of “honor killings” in Pakistan with the story of an 18-year-old girl who fell in love and eloped against her family’s wishes. For this “shaming of the family,” her father and uncle pummeled her, shot her in the head, put her in a bag and threw her in a river to die. She somehow survived.


After winning the Academy Award twice, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy bagged three nominations for her documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The categories include those of Best Documentary, Outstanding Short Documentary and Outstanding Music & Sound in which her short film has been nominated.




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