The Oscar winner of Pakistan, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won 49th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for her documentary:“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”.
Chinoy had produced and directed the documentary which had already won Oscar Award. The documentary was chosen by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, under Television – International category.
The documentary describes the tale of a woman who survived attempted honor killing by her own family. In 2016 Chinoy also won Oscar and Alfred I DuPont-Columbia University Award for the film.
“Speaking the truth is never easy especially given the world we live in today,” she said, as quoted by Tribune.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a first Pakistani who has received this International Television category award.
This award was initiated by a group of journalists in December 1968, winning topics for this year include poverty, war in Syria, water crisis, immigration, criminal justice, and population.
The story of the documentary is so much relevant to the Sharmeen own experienced days
Earlier, the film was also screened at the PM House in Islamabad. Following that, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said that honour killing was a critical issue and voiced his government’s determination to eradicate this practice from society.
The prizes are given in 13 categories. The appealing topics include poverty, the war in Syria, the Flint water crisis, immigration, criminal justice and indigenous populations.
The Grand Prize winner and the John Seigenthaler Prize for Courage in Reporting will be selected from the winners of the 13 categories and announced at the May 23rd ceremony.