‘Saving Face’ Maker on Oscar Nod: ‘You Dream About Things Like This’

By Sonya Rehman

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was in her office, in her hometown of Karachi, Pakistan, when she found out that “Saving Face,” which she co-directed with Daniel Junge, had been nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – Photo: Amean J

“I was at the office with my team and my husband. We saw ‘Saving Face’ appear on the Oscar website together, and the entire office erupted with screams of joy,” she said.

“Saving Face” focuses on Mohammad Jawad, a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who cares for the victims of acid attacks in Pakistan.

“It took a few days for the news to sink in” regarding the Oscar nod, Ms. Obaid-Chinoy said. “As a filmmaker, you dream about things like this.”

She called Mr. Junge as soon as the news broke. “Daniel and I have seen this project develop from a concept, to hours of footage, to a finished film,” she said. “I could not have asked for a better co-director to collaborate with.”

Ms. Obaid-Chinoy said she’s not sure what she’ll be wearing to the awards ceremony yet but that it will be traditional Pakistani garb made by a local designer. “Our fashion industry features an array of talented and creative designers, and I am really excited to showcase some of that at the Oscars.”

The Wall Street Journal – Scene Asia

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