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|Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
شرمین عبید چنائے
Obaid-Chinoy at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
|Born||12 November 1978
|Known for||Saving Face (2012)
Pakistan's Taliban Generation/ Children of the Taliban (2009)
Afghanistan Unveiled/Lifting the Veil (2007)
Iraq: The Lost Generation (2008)
First Pakistani to win an Oscar.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Urdu:شرمین عبید چنائے; born 1978), is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker. She won an Academy Award for her documentary, Saving Face in 2012. 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. She has been lauded as Pakistan's first Oscar winner by the press and government.  
The Pakistani President conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz on Obaid-Chinoy on 23 March 2012, for bringing honor to Pakistan as a filmmaker. Time magazine has named Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy within their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2012. Sharmeen was ranked 37th on Desiclub.com’s list of the 50 Coolest Desis of 2009.
Obaid-Chinoy was born in Karachi, to Muslim, Urdu speaking parents, Sheikh Obaid, the CEO of Toweller's Factory and Saba Obaid. She attended the Karachi Grammar School. She received her B.A. from Smith College in 2002.
Obaid-Chinoy began writing investigative pieces at the age of fourteen as a way to contribute to critical conversation in Pakistan. She was always interested in telling stories of marginalized communities; people whose voices were never heard and whose compelling stories needed to be shared. She continued to pursue journalism while she was at Smith and wrote for a number of Canadian and American publications. In December 2001, Obaid-Chinoy returned to Pakistan and spent time in refugee camps and went back to the US with a documentary proposal in hand. At the age of twenty two, with no prior experience, she sent letters to eighty news companies and organizations in the US, and was declined by all of them. Eventually, Bill Abrams, the president of New York Times Television gave her her big break. She returned to Pakistan to produce Terror's Children. 
Obaid-Chinoy was a faculty member in the media sciences department at SZABIST (Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and technology, Karachi). She started her film company, SOC Films, in Karachi in November 2011.  Obaid-Chinoy is also the president of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, a non profit organization dedicated to Cultural and Historic Preservation. (CAP).
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her recent 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 2012 Time Magazine included her in the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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 and AFGHANISTAN UNVEILED. Her other films have been awarded The Overseas Press Club Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Award, The Cine Golden Eagle award and the Banff Rockie Award.
Sharmeen’s work centers around human rights and women’s issues and she has worked with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor Leste to the Philippines.
In May 2012, From more than 4300 entries in 10 categories, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's film, Transgenders - Pakistan's Open Secret won the Platinum Remi Award at the 45th WorldFest Film Festival.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was acknowledged with a Lux Style Achievement award on The 11th Lux Style Awards. Lux Style Awards Widely acknowledged to be the Oscars of Pakistan. She is the youngest-ever recipient for the Lux Style Achievement award. In Late July, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy got nominated as SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. In August 2012, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy received a nominee for the Gucci Award for Women for documentary 'Saving Face' as a director. In December 2012, Sharmeen's Saving Face won Best Short Award at the 28th annual IDA Documentary Awards and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been voted one of the top five millennial women who has been fighting against domestic and societal violence. In late 2012, 'Saving Face' has received the Julian-Bartel Award and the 2012 Abu Dhabi Film Festival Audience Choice Award.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy received the Crystal Award during the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting 2013 in Davos 22 January 2013. Sharmeen is the first Pakistani to be awarded this honor.
Awards and nominations
|2007||One World Media||Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award||Won|
|2010||Emmy Award||Best Documentary - Pakistan: Children of the Taliban||Won|
|Livingston Award||Young Journalists - Best International Reporting||Won|
|2012||Academy Award||Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) - Saving Face (2012 film)||Won|
|New York Indian Film Festival||Best Documentary - Saving Face (2012 film)||Won|
|SAARC Film Awards||Best Documentary Prize - Saving Face (2012 film)||Won|
|Government of Pakistan||Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction)||Awarded|
|Lux Style Awards||Lux Style Achievement Award||Won|
|2013||Crystal Award||Outstanding efforts in Promoting Human Rights and Women’s Issues through Film||Won|
|Emmy Award||Best Documentary - Saving Face (2012 film)||Won|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form - Saving Face (2012 film)||Won|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Science and Technology Programming - Saving Face (2012 film)||Nominated|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Cinematography Documentary and Long Form - Saving Face (2012 film)||Nominated|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Research - Saving Face (2012 film)||Nominated|
- List of Pakistani journalists
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees from Commonwealth countries
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