“This is what happens when determined women get together,” exclaimed Chinoy, as she held up the golden statue, her second Academy Award.
She revealed that her film’s screening at the highest level of national government was transforming hearts on the topic of cultural impunity for families that murder their own female members just for breaking social norms regarding marriage or love.
“This week, the Pakistani Prime Minister has said that he will change the law on honor killings after watching this film — that is the power of film,” she exclaimed.
A statement from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office in January offered congratulations to Chinoy, who also made history in 2012 when she won Pakistan’s first Oscar for another documentary.
“Honour killings, the theme of the film, afflict several segments of Pakistani society,” it quoted Sharif as saying.
According to the Tribune, he “expressed the government’s commitment to rid Pakistan of this evil by bringing in appropriate legislation”, the statement continued, adding that Chinoy’s “insights” could prove helpful.
(WATCH a short film trailer below from HBO which airs the film on March 17)