CEO Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Films Co founder and President, Citizens Archive of Pakistan
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her films include SAVING FACE, TRANSGENDERS: PAKISTAN’S OPEN SECRET AND PAKISTAN’S TALIBAN GENERATION, which aired on PBS, Channel 4, CBC, SBS and Arte and was the recipient of the Alfred I Dupont Award as well as The Association for International Broadcasting award. Sharmeen has made over a dozen-multi award winning films in over 10 countries around the world and is the first non-American to be awarded the Livingston Award for best international reporting. In 2007, Sharmeen helped found The Citizens Archive of Pakistan; a non-profit, volunteer organization formed to foster and promote community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan. At a time when Pakistan’s youth finds itself caught between religious and state ideology, the organization works with thousands of underprivileged children inculcating critical thinking skills and instilling a sense of pride in them about their history and identity.
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A funny story about me:
At the age of 22, I set out to shoot my first documentary, Terror's Children in Karachi. When I sent out my first set of footage (which I was very proud of) I received a curt email from New York: 'Sharmeen, the shots look beautiful, except there is no sound in any of it.' Needless to say, I had to start from scratch!