ISLAMABAD - Pakistani filmmaker and
first-time Oscar nominee Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won an Academy
Award on Monday for her documentary about acid attack victims, a
first for a Pakistani director.
Her victory shines a spotlight on a subject which affects
thousands of women in Pakistan
and elsewhere, but which is
seldom discussed at home.
In her acceptance speech, Chinoy dedicated the award to the
women of Pakistan
. "All the women in Pakistan
change, don't give up on your dreams, this is for you," she
'Saving Face' chronicles the work of British Pakistani
plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad
, who performed reconstructive
surgery on survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan
More than 100 people, mainly women and girls, are disfigured
in acid attacks every year in Pakistan
, although groups helping
survivors say many more cases go unreported.