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Pride over Oscar win, shame over content: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 28 The documentary that won Pakistan’s first Oscar is a matter of national pride, but its “content is a matter of national shame”, said a daily.

The Oscar that went to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in Los Angeles is a first for Pakistan. Chinoy, who dedicated the award to the women of Pakistan, has been internationally recognised in the past.

An editorial in the News International Tuesday said the subjects of her work are often challenging and “her winning documentary is certainly so”.

“‘Saving face’ documents the fate of women attacked by having acid thrown on them and the work of a British-Pakistani surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery on their appallingly scarred faces,” it said.

The editorial said: “Over 100, mainly women and girls, are attacked in this way every year, though civil society groups say the real figure is much higher but many victims and their families choose not to report the crime out of fear or ‘shame’.”

It, however, added that although the award is a matter of personal and national pride, “its content is a matter of national shame”.

“Pakistan is reportedly the third-most dangerous country in the world for women after Afghanistan and Congo…”

Chinoy made the film about acid attacks, and “in doing so drew back the curtain and exposed this form of misogyny”.


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2 Responses to “Pride over Oscar win, shame over content: Pakistani daily”

  1. a r modak//////johannesburg
    February 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    this win by Pakistan, together with that by Iran, show the two countries as emerging film making ones……………..
    congrtultions to the winners

  2. Dr. Suraiya Saleem
    February 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    This is the first time I have felt proud of being a Pakistani after so many years of shame! At last there was one woman who took the courage to come up with such a topic knowing fully well that she was putting herself in danger. Longb live Sharmeen!

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