A Girl in the River was the short film for which Sharmeen Obaid won the Oscar for the second time. Not only this but she became the first Pakistani to win it twice. The film was a story of an 18 year old girl who managed to escape an honor killing.
Here is what the pride of Pakistan had to say:
“I have another one!”. “This is what happens when determined women get together,” continued Sharmeen. “From Saba, the girl in my film who remarkably survived honor killing and shared her story, to Sheila Nevins, Lisa Heller from HBO and Tina Brown who supported me from day one. To the men who champion women, like Geof Bartz who has edited the film to Asad Faruqi, to my friend Ziad who brought this film to the government, to all the brave men out there like my father and husband who push women to go to school and work and who want a more just society for women! This week the Pakistani PM said he would change the law on honor killing after watching this film — that is the power of film!”
Sharmeen was happy over winning the award but stated that the real win would be if the Pakistan government would introduce laws to stop such things in the country. The film was shown to Prime Minister of Pakistan showing that Pakistan government is serious about stopping these things.
Sharmeen further said on her social media account:
“In just a few hours the team of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness will walk the red carpet at the Oscars! Whether we win or lose today we should be very proud of the fact that this film has ignited a national discourse about honor killings in Pakistan and has spurred the government to work on tougher legislation! That achievement shows that we are maturing as a democracy and today I’m so very honored and humbled that we have been able to move the needle on this issue.”