Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s “A Girl In The River” won best documentary award at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York City on Thursday. The story of a young girl who survives an attempt at honor killing beat out four other PBS documentaries, including Children of Syria, Welcome to Leith, Thank You for Playing, and The Look of Silence.
The two-time Oscar Winner tweeted the good news to her fans and the international community.
In her acceptance speech, Sharmeen talked about the exceptional courage of the young girl who was the subject of her award winning documentary, A Girl In The River. “A seventeen-year-old girl had the bravery to stand up and the commitment to fight a system. A law was passed in Pakistan (because of it) and you had newspapers and television channels reporting on honor killings in a different way. So it only the commitment of one single person to do that.”
The documentary was previously also nominated in two other categories in this year’s Emmy Awards: Outstanding Short Documentary, and Outstanding Music and Sound. In 2016, it earned Sharmeen her Second Best Documentary Short Oscar, soon after she won Pakistan’s First Academy Award for Saving Face in 2012.