Day 9 – The Talent to Make Men Feel Uncomfortable

Oscar and Emmy award winner filmmaker
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in her Karachi-Studio

In the name of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah twofold Oscar and sixfold Emmy award winner filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy boosts the voices of those who are facing disparity. She makes it her misson to insure that his vision comes true: Man and women shall have equal rights and the society shall be a just society!

We talked to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in her office, the SOC Film house. Terror’s Children, Reinventing the Taliban? Saving Faces to name just a few titles out of her filmography list already tell what Sharmeen is up to: Her forward movement grows out of reality and instead of „gloryfying the good“, she faces the bad and uncovers the ugly side of Pakistan. But: What she shows are the heroines, the women who stand up and fight and that is what she tries to make transparent and gives support to.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgivenness is one of her Oscar-winning documentaries. The true incident about a Pakistani girl shot in the face by her family, namely father and brother,  for the sake of honor was a great big help and initiator in persuading Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Sharif to fight honor killings in his country.

Sharmeen wants to adress first and foremost young Pakistani with her work. The confrontation with real-life heros, female heroes and of course men who facilitate women – „men who champion women are actually heroes themselves“ is a central issue in her work for those who don’t fear for their comfort zones.

Sharmeen’s utmost concern – there again – goes back before the time of the decades since Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s death, the time when Pakistan came into being . The time when General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, has started a conservative Islamic ideology that has eroded women’s rights. Her mission there again is inspired by the country’s founder idea on Pakistan, who wanted a free country for all the religions and equal rights for men and women.


The filmmaker’s office

Poster of the Acadamy Award winning documentary.
Below: Photo by Bernhard Frue of a dirtbag full of dust referring
to the film “Saving Face”


1 Comment

  1. How wonderful to hear the voice of this strong and sensitive, articulate and courageous woman!! Thank you for bringing Sharmeen back close to us – very authentic portrait!

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