Dubai: Journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has become the first Pakistani director to be nominated for the prestigious Academy Award.
Saving Face, Obaid-Chinoy's portrayal of Pakistani victims of acid attacks, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary: Short Subject category.
The film follows a British-Pakistani surgeon as he travels to rural Pakistan to treat survivors of acid violence. "Saving Face is also a story of hope and about Pakistani women helping each other," Obaid-Chinoy told the Wall Street Journal late last year.
"It hasn't sunk in yet but I'm going 2 the #Oscars with #SavingFace 4 best doc short- proud moment 4 me & my team & I hope 4 #Pakistan," Obaid-Chinoy tweeted upon receiving the news.
The film, co-directed by American filmmaker Daniel Junge, will compete with four other films at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26.
This isn't Obaid-Chinoy's first foray into international award shows. Her production Pakistan: Children of the Taliban won an International Emmy in 2010.