Smith alumna Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 was among the 2012 Oscar nominees announced yesterday.
Sharmeen, who graduated from Smith with degrees in government and economics, is nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Documentary, Short Subject” category for her film Saving Face, which she co-directed with Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker Daniel Junge.
The documentary tells the stories of a British Pakistani plastic surgeon who donates his time to heal acid victims in Pakistan, and the women who come to terms with the violence in their lives and fight against all odds to learn to live again.
About her nomination, Sharmeen said, “I am speechless. 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.”
This is not the first time Sharmeen’s work has been honored. In 2010, she received an Emmy award for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban.
ABC will air the Oscars live on Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. EST, and Saving Face will air on HBO on Thursday, March 8.