Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins duPont-Columbia Award for ‘A Girl in the River’


Academy Award and Emmy Award Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has won the coveted Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for her Oscar-winning documentary, ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’.

A Girl In The River follows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a survivor of an honour killing attempt.

The duPont-Columbia award is considered the Pulitzer of broadcasting, and Sharmeen’s already won one for her earlier documentary, Children of the Taliban in 2010!

Of the 14 winners announced on the Columbia University website, A Girl In The River was one of two documentaries that made the cut. The other duPont winner is ESPN Films’ OJ: Made in America, a nearly eight-hour-long documentary on the life of O. J. Simpson and how it signifies America’s two greatest obsessions: race and celebrity.

The winners will be awarded at Low Memorial Library, Jan. 25, 2017, at the awards’ 75th-anniversary celebration.

Established in 1942 and administered since 1968 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Winners honours the best in broadcast, documentary and online reporting. Considered as a broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, the duPont Awards Center upholds the highest standards in journalism by honouring winners annually, informing the public about those journalists’ contributions and supporting journalism education and innovation, thereby cultivating a collective spirit for the profession.

For its 75th Anniversary Celebration, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced the 14 winners of the 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’, who will be awarded at Low Memorial Library, Jan. 25, 2017. These 14 winning programs appeared on air, online or in theatres between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.