Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Pakistani Journalist, Filmmaker and Activist

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:-

  • Early life and background:-

Obaid-Chinoy was born on 12 November 1978 in Karachi, Pakistan. Her mother, Saba Obaid, is a social worker and her father, Sheikh Obaid, was a businessman, who died in 2010. She has a younger sister, Mahjabeen Obaid.

Obaid-Chinoy attended Convent of Jesus and Mary, followed by schooling at Karachi Grammar School. According to her, she wasn’t inclined toward academics though received good grades. Upon moving to the United States for higher education, she studied at Smith College, from where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government in 2002. Later, Obaid-Chinoy received two master’s degrees from Stanford University in Communication and International Policy Studies.

  • Career:-

Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani Journalist, filmmaker and activist known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. She is the recipient of two Academy Awards, seven Emmy Awards and a Knight International Journalism Award. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honoured her with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influenial people in the world. She is the only female film director to have won two academy awards by the age of 37.

After study she returned to Pakistan and launched her career as a filmmaker with her first film Terror’s Children for The New York Times. In 2003 and 2004 she made two award-winning films while at Stanford. Her most notable films includes, the animated adventure 3 Bahadur (2015), the musical journey Song of Lahore  (2015) and the two Academy Award-winning films, the documentary Saving Face (2012) and the biographical A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2016). Her visual contributions have earned her numerous awards, including two Academy Awards in the Best Short Subject in 2012 and 2016 and two Emmy Awards in the same category in 2010 and 2011.

Obaid-Chinoy has also won six Emmy Awards, including two of which are in the International Emmy Award for Current Affairs Documentary category for the films, the terrorist drama Pakistan’s Taliban Generation and the documentary Saving Face (2012) Throughout her career, she has made many records, her Academy Award win for Saving Face made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award and she is one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film.She is also the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. The 2015 animated adventure 3 Bahadur made her the first Pakistani to make a computer-animated feature-length film. In 2017, Obaid-Chinoy became the first artist to co-chair the World Economic Forum. 


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