Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Wins An Emmy Award


Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a Pakistani journalist, film-maker and activist, has grabbed yet another Emmy award.

On Thursday, at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmys Award, “A Girl in a River: The Price of Forgiveness” adding another Emmy award to her show-case of trophies.

The documentary is a tale about a 19 year old girl surviving an honor killing attempted by her father and uncle. The protagonist is pressurized by the public to forgive her attackers. Going against her will, she had no choice but to do so, which set the criminals free.

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

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Born and raised in Karachi, Sharmeen moved to US where she received her bachelors degree in Journalism from Smith College in 2002. Upon returning back to Pakistan, she pursued her career in film making.

Since 2006 she has been winning awards for her short films. The top awards she has won are 2 Oscars for her documentaries “Saving Face” and “A Girl in a River” and two Emmy Awards for “Saving Face” and “Children of Taliban”.


The documentary received nominations in 3 categories; Best Documentary, Outstanding Short Documentary and Outstanding Music and Sound.

Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations, Madeeha Lodhi, attended the event as a guest of Sharmeen. Madeeha Lodhi was ecstatic at the win. Sharmeen thanked her for coming over to support her.

“Among the Believers” by Muhammad Naqvi was also nominated for Emmys this year in the category of Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary.











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