Top Hollwood star Angelina Jolie congratulated Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on winning the Oscar award for her documentary “Saving Face”, The New York Times reported Monday. Ms Jolie, a presenter at the lavish Academy Award ceremony Sunday night, met Ms Obaid-Chinoy backstage to compliment her on receiving the coveted award. The actress has made frequent visits to Pakistan as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations HighCommissioner for Refugees. Speaking to the Islamabad-based Times correspondent by telephone from Hollywood, Ms Obaid-Chinoy said that she was “dazed” by her success. “It reinforces the fact you can be anyone, come from anywhere and as long as you do quality work it gets rewarded,” she was quoted as saying.
“Saving Face” focuses on the efforts of Dr Mohammad Jawad, a Pakistani-British plastic surgeon who traveled across Pakistan to repair the faces of women who had been burned by acid. But Ms Obaid-Chinoy emphasized that the film also focuses oncourageous lawyers and legislators who introduced a strict law last year that mandates a sentence of life in prison for those convicted of committing acid attacks. “This is a film about hope,” she was quoted as saying by the Times. “It shows that Pakistan has a problem, but that there are people on the ground who are tackling it.” She said that she hoped her Oscar would inspire other Pakistani filmmakers. “ This shows that someone from their ranks can do it,” she said.