88th Oscars Onstage Speech Transcript: Documentary (Short Subject)

CATEGORY: Documentary (Short Subject)
SPEECH BY: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
FILM: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness


Thank God, I have two of them now [laughs]. This is what happens when determined women get together. From Saba, the woman in my film who remarkably survived an honor killing and shared her story, to Sheila Nevins and Lisa Heller from HBO, to Tina Brown, who supported me from day one. To the men who champion women, like Geof Bartz in my film, who’s 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 my husband, who push women to go to school and work, and who want a more just society for women. Last week—this week the Pakistani Prime Minister has said that he will change the law on honor killing after watching this film. That is the power of film.
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy would like to thank:
HBO, Sheila Nevins, Tina Brown, Lisa Heller, Geof Bartz & Alex. To, my soul mate who inspires me.  My mother Saba. Siblings: Mahjabeen, Mehreen, Sana, Hadeel, Humza.  SOC Films: Asad, Haya, Wasif, Nadir, Husain, Maheen, Zehra, Aatir, Shahzad, Ali, Raheel, Saad, Anas, Sualeha. Waadi Animations, CAP.  Essentials: Selina, Zubair, Bina, Sania.  Mentors: Bill Abrams, Ann Derry, Kevin Sutcliffe, Ed Robbins.  Friends: Ziad, Salim, Maheen, Sabeen, STK, Mariam, Laura, Jenn, Julia, Sasha, Shelly, Constance, Swaleha.  And Pakistan & Canada!



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