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An Evening with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

April 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
Not open to the public

Invitation-Only, open to Stanford Global Studies-affiliated students.

Join us for an evening with Stanford Global Studies students, faculty, and alumna Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

A film screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2016), will take place on April 17. Click here for more details

About Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is an Academy and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work centers on human rights and women’s issues. She has worked with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor Leste to the Philippines. By bringing their voices to the forefront, she has often helped them bring about a critical change in their community.

Ms. Obaid-Chinoy has made over a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Most recently, she won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for A Girl in the River, a film that examines the practice of "honour killings" in Pakistan. After watching the film, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to change the law on honour killings. 

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Obaid-Chinoy received her B.A. from Smith College, and two master's degrees from Stanford University: International Policy Studies ('03) and Communication ('04).

In 2012, Obaid-Chinoy set up an independent production house SOC FILMS in Karachi which specializes in producing investigative and socially motivated content. She also spearheads Pakistan’s first film animation production house Waadi Animations which produced Pakistan’s first feature length animated film 3 Bahadur.

Time Magazine included her in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. 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 Obaid-Chinoy 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.

Visit her website for more information.

Recent interviews: 


A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Academy Award for Best Documentary Short (2016)

Song of Lahore (2015)

3 Bahadur (2015)

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (2014)

Humaira: The Dream Catcher (2013)

Saving Face Academy Award for Best Documentary Emmy Award for Best Documentary; Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form (2012)

Transgender: Pakistan's Open Secret (2010)     

Pakistan's Taliban Generation Emmy Award for Best Documentary, Current Affairs Category (2009)

Iraq: The Lost Generation (2008)      

Birth of a Nation (2007)          

Afghanistan Unveiled (2007)         

Assimilation No, Integration Yes (2006)             

The New Apertheid (2006)   
Cold Comfort (2006)     

City of Guilt (2006)

Highway of Tears (2006)   

Pakistan's Double Game (2005)

Women of the Holy Kingdom (2005)     

On a Razor's Edge (2004)     

Reinventing the Taliban? (2003)      

Terror's Children (2003)

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