• Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

  • ِِِ Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

    Nationality : Pakistani and Canadian

    Date of Birth : 1978

    Occupation : Documentary filmmaker
    1_ Known for Reinventing the Taliban (2003)
    2_Afghanistan Unveiled/Lifting the Veil (2007)
    3_Pakistan: Children of the Taliban.
    4_Saving Face (2011) "First Pakistani to win an Oscar"

    Short Biography
    Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Urdu: شرمین عبید چنائے; born 1978), is an Emmy and Oscar award-winning Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker. She won an Emmy for her documentary, Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010. She is also the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. On 26 February 2012 Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won an Oscar for her documentary film, Saving Face. She has been lauded as Pakistan’s first Oscar winner by the press and government, although fellow Pakistani Mir Zafar Ali was part of an Oscar-winning special effects team in 2007.

    Early life
    Sharmeen Obaid was born in Karachi attended the Karachi Grammar School. Sharmeen graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government and from Stanford University with master’s degrees in International Policy Studies and in Communication

    Obaid’s career in documentary filmmaking began when she examined the plight of Afghani refugee children in Pakistan for one of her articles. Their situation was so dire, and their stories so compelling, that Sharmeen decided to return to Pakistan and create a film about them. She petitioned Smith College and New York Times Television production division for the grants that would allow her to accomplish her goals. Intrigued by her story, both organizations gave her the funds as well as production equipment and training. She is currently a faculty member at media sciences department in SZABIST (Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and technology, Karachi). Obaid-Chinoy is also on the board member of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP)

    Career as a Documentarian
    Known for documentaries dealing with life in the Muslim world, Obaid became the first non-American to win the Livingston Award. Her films have aired on such networks as Channel 4, CNN, PBS, and Al-Jazeera.

    Obaid began her career with New York Times Television in 2002 where she produced Terror’s Children, a film about Afghan refugee children, which won her the Overseas Press Club Award, the American Women and Radio and Television Award, and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. Since then, she has produced and reported on more than twelve films around the world.

    Obaid produced and reported on four multi-award winning documentary films for New York Times Television. In 2003, Reinventing the Taliban was awarded the Special Jury Award at the BANFF TV festival in Canada, the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the American Women in Radio and Television award, and the Livingston Award. In 2005, her film Women of the Holy Kingdom, which provided an inside look at the women’s movement in Saudi Arabia, won the South Asian Journalist Association Award.

    In 2005, Obaid began working with Channel 4 in the United Kingdom reporting on four films for their Unreported World series. Pakistan’s Double Game looked at sectarian violence in Pakistan, City of Guilt explored the Catholic Church’s pro-life movement in the Philippines, The New Apartheid looked into growing xenophobia in South Africa, and Birth of a Nation delved into the politics of East Timor. In 2007, Obaid was named “journalist of the year” by the One World Media awards for her work in the series.
    In 2007, Obaid travelled to Afghanistan and reported for Channel 4 and CNN. Her film, Afghanistan Unveiled/Lifting the Veil, focuses on stalled reconstruction and the repression of women in the country.

    In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her documentary, Pakistan: Children of the Taliban, which explores Taliban recruitment strategies, their effect on the youth and their methods to radicalize the country’s young and often dejected populace. Children of the Taliban premiered FiLums (2011) – the largest film festival in Pakistan held annually at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

    On February 26, 2012, Obaid became the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her documentary Saving Face which chronicles the lives of acid attacks victims in Pakistan and a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon working to help them. The film has been co-directed by American filmmaker Daniel Junge.