Lahore ~ Pakistan
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is an award winning documentary filmmaker and activist. She worked on several projects for networks such as CNN, Arte, HBO and the Discovery Channel. In 2010, she was the first Pakistani woman to receive and Emmy Award for her film, Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. She also became the first non-American awarded with the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. In 2007, Obaid-Chinoy co-founded The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan. Since Pakistani youth are caught between religious and state ideology, the organisation responded by working with thousands of children, teaching critical thinking skills and instilling a sense of pride about their history and identity. Obaid-Chinoy currently works on a ‘non violence campaign’ in Pakistan and a documentary about Pakistani transgender people for Channel 4 (UK). Her most recent documentary, Saving Face is nominated for an Oscar in the category ‘Best Documentary: Short Subject’.