Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
شرمین عبید چنائے
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy World Economic Forum 2013.jpg
Obaid-Chinoy at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
Born (1978-11-12) 12 November 1978 (age 37)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Filmmaker, journalist
Years active 2002-present
Religion Islam
Website Official website

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Urdu: شرمین عبید چنائے‎; born 12 November 1978) is a Pakistani journalist and filmmaker.[1][2] She won an Academy Award and two Emmy Awards for her documentaries Pakistan's Taliban Generation in 2010[3] and Saving Face in 2012.[4] Her Oscar win for Best Documentary for Saving Face made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award.[5][6][7] She is also the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.[7][8][9][10][11]

On 23 March 2012, Pakistan's president conferred the highest civilian award, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, on Obaid-Chinoy for bringing honor to Pakistan as a filmmaker.[12] Time magazine named Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2012.[13][14][15][16] Sharmeen was ranked 37th on’s list of the 50 Coolest Desis of 2009.[17]

On April 19, 2015, Song of Lahore[18] Directed and produced by her and Andy Schocken premiered at Tribeca Film Festival[19] and was the Runner Up to the Tribeca Audience Choice Award.[20] In September 2015, Broad Green Pictures[21] acquired the U.S distribution rights to Song of Lahore announcing the release of the film in select cinemas in the U.S. In October 2015 the film was submitted for consideration in the documentary feature category for the 2016 Oscars stated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[22] Song of Lahore European Premiere was at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)[23] from 18 to 29 November 2015. The film had its Middle Eastern premiere at the 12th Annual Dubai International Film Festival[24] in December 2015.

On May 22, 2015, Pakistan's first animated movie, 3 Bahadur, a film dedicated to inculcating bravery in the youth of Pakistan, was released by Waadi Animations. The heroes of the film, Amna, Kamil and Saadi were highly anticipated, and despite being shown on only 50 screens in Pakistan, 3 Bahadur became Pakistan's highest grossing animated movie of all time, earning Rs 6.5 million and defeating the record set by Rio 2.[25] 3 Bahadur also screened at the Montreal Film Festival[26] in Canada, in August 2015.

On September 11, 2015, Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers[27] Obaid-Chinoy's feature documentary, co-directed and produced with Geeta Gandbhir, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival[28][29] 2015 for its North American premiere. The film follows the journey of three Bangladeshi women soldiers who are deployed to Haiti as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission. The film premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival[30] on 29 October 2015 for its Asian premiere and played at the DOC NYC[31] Festival in November 2015.

On 14 January 2016 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness was one of five films worldwide to be nominated in the category of "Best Documentary - Short Subject" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[32][33] This is Chinoy's second nomination, and the first Oscar nomination for her production house, SOC Films.

Personal life[edit]

Obaid-Chinoy was born into a Muslim family in Karachi, Pakistan, to Sheikh Obaid and Saba Obaid. After completing her A-Levels from Karachi Grammar School, she went to the United States, where she enrolled at Smith College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then received two degrees: A master's in communication and a master's in International Policy Studies whilst studying as a postgraduate at Stanford University.

Obaid-Chinoy is married to Fahd Chinoy, and has a daughter, Amelia Chinoy. In an interview with The Times of India, she said she makes films because of her daughter: "I want the Pakistan that she inherits to be better than the one we currently live in."[34]


Year Film Role Director Producer Notes
2002 Terror's Children Reporter Yes Yes
2003 Reinventing the Taliban? Reporter Yes Yes
2004 On a Razor's Edge Reporter Yes Yes
2005 Women of the Holy Kingdom Reporter Yes Yes
2005 Pakistan's Double Game Reporter Yes
2006 Highway of Tears Reporter Yes
2006 City of Guilt Reporter Yes
2006 Cold Comfort Reporter Yes Yes
2006 The New Apertheid Reporter Yes
2006 Assimilation No, Integration Yes Reporter Yes
2007 Afghanistan Unveiled Reporter Yes
2007 Birth of a Nation Reporter Yes
2008 Iraq: The Lost Generation Reporter Yes
2009 Pakistan's Taliban Generation Reporter Yes Emmy Award for Best Documentary (Current Affairs Category)
2010 Transgender: Pakistan's Open Secret Reporter Yes
2012 Saving Face Reporter Yes Yes Academy Award for Best Documentary
Emmy Award for Best Documentary
Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
2013 Humaira: The Dream Catcher Reporter Yes Yes
2015 3 Bahadur Yes Yes
2015 A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Yes Yes
2015 Song of Lahore Yes Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 One World Media Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award Won
2010 Emmy Award Best Documentary Pakistan's Taliban Generation Won
Livingston Award Young Journalists - Best International Reporting Won
2012 Academy Award Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) Saving Face Won
New York Indian Film Festival Best Documentary Won
SAARC Film Awards Best Documentary Prize Won
Government of Pakistan Contribution to arts Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) Honorary
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 Won
Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
Outstanding Cinematography Documentary and Long Form
Outstanding Research
2016 Academy Award Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Pending

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canadian Broadcast Company's Post-Oscar interview with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
  2. ^ Oscar-winning Pakistani Filmmaker Inspired by Canada
  3. ^ "Glory: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy bags an Emmy". 
  4. ^ "Pakistan's Oscar triumph for acid attack film Saving Face". BBC News (Nosheen Abbas). Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy dreams of Pakistan's first Oscar". BBC News. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins an Emmy for Pakistan 28 September 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010
  7. ^ a b Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Wins Emmy for "Children of the Taliban" All Things Pakistan. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2011
  8. ^ [1] Dawn 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  9. ^ "Pakistan's Oscar triumph for acid attack film Saving Face". BBC News. 27 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Qureshi, Huma (1 March 2012). "Pakistan's first Oscar-winner should be celebrated for exposing the 'bad bits'". The Guardian (London). 
  11. ^ "Pakistan lauds Oscar-winning filmmaker - Yahoo! News Singapore". 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  12. ^ Salmaan Taseer, Meera, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy to be decorated with civil awards, The Express Tribune, March 23, 2012
  13. ^ Rachel Quigley (2012-03-15). "TIME magazine 100 most influential people 2012 list includes Pippa and Kate Middleton | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  14. ^ Correspondent, Our. "The 2012 TIME 100: Justice Chaudhry, Obaid-Chinoy among Time’s 100 influential people, The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  15. ^ "Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy makes it to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list | Pakistan Today | Latest news | Breaking news | Pakistan News | World news | Business | Sport and Multimedia". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  16. ^ "CJ, Sharmeen on Time list of influential people". Dawn.Com. 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  17. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  18. ^ "Song of Lahore - Trailer & Movie Site - November 13, 2015". Song of Lahore. 
  19. ^ "".  External link in |title= (help)
  20. ^ "The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Awards Winners Are... - Tribeca". Tribeca. 
  21. ^ "Broad Green Pictures". 
  22. ^ "".  External link in |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Song of Lahore - IDFA". 
  24. ^ "Dubai International Film Festival - Films 2015 - SONG OF LAHORE". Dubai International Film Festival. 
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  27. ^ "Peacekeepers". Peacekeepers. 
  28. ^ "Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's new documentary premieres at Toronto Film Festival". The Nation. 11 September 2015. 
  29. ^ Toronto International Film Festival. " - A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers". TIFF. 
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  34. ^ People treat me like a man: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

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