Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She spearheads SOC Films, a documentary house specializing in investigative and socially motivated content. Sharmeen is currently directing two feature films including Peacekeepers, a film about Bangladeshi policewomen who are serving as UN peacekeeping forces in Haiti, and Sounds of Sachal, a documentary based on a jazz ensemble in Lahore.She is also the CEO of Waadi Animations, a company set up to produce animated feature and short films. Its first project is 3 Bahadur, Pakistan’s first animated feature film, which will be released nationwide in the summer of 2015.
In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, the Pakistani government awarded her a Hilal-e-Imtiaz, a state honor, for her services to Arts and Culture. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded Sharmeen a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. In 2014, the Asia Society in New York honored her with an Asia Game Changer Award which recognized 12 individuals making a positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.
Sharmeen has made over a dozen-multi award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films include Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning 4 continents including, HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4 (U.K.) CBC, Arte and the Discovery channel.
In 2007, Sharmeen was awarded the broadcast journalist of the year award in the UK by One World Media for her work in a series of documentary films for Channel 4, which included a film about xenophobia in South Africa the New Apartheid. Her other films have been awarded the Alfred I Dupont Award, International Emmy award,The Association for International Broadcasting award, The Juliane Barrel Preis Award, The Overseas Press Club Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Award, The Cine Golden Eagle award, and the Banff Rockie Award.
Giving voice to those who cannot be heard, Obaid-Chinoy has made over a dozen award-winning films in more than 10 countries. She celebrates the strength and resilience of those fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds — and winning.
I dare anyone to watch this film and not be moved to tears and inspired into action.
– Angelina Jolie