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Oscars 2016: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Film On Honour Killings Wins Best Short Subject Documentary Award

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Journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts her award for Best Documentary Short Subject, A Girl in the River on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness", about a survivor of an attempted honour killing in her country, has won the best documentary short award at the 88th Academy Awards.

Through her documentary, the filmmaker tells the story of an eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived.

This is the second win for Sharmeen, who previously bagged the Oscar in the same category in 2011 for "Saving Face".

"Thank God I have two of them now. This is what happens when determined women get together from Saba, the woman in my film, who remarkably survives an honour killing and shared her story," Sharmeen said in her acceptance speech.

"To all brave men out there and my husband who push women to go to school and work."

Sharmeen said that the impact of the film has been so great that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to change the law of honour killing in the country.

"After watching the film, the PM of Pakistan has decided last week to change the law of honour killing in the country," she said.

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