Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy- Karachi born on 12th November 1978, graduated with an Economics Bachelor Degree- Smith College and completed her Masters in International Policy Studies and Communication- Stanford University. At the age of 14, she contributed in Pakistan’s critical conversation, writing investigative pieces- stories of the un-heard voices and those needing exposure.
Dec’2001- She returned to US with a documentary proposal on The Afghan Refugee Camp Children’s lives from Pakistan that was declined by 80 US News Companies & Organizations. 2002- A big break by Bill Abrams, President of New York Times Television initiated her film career with,‘Terror’s Children’ winning Overseas Press Club Award and the South Asian Journalist Association Award.
Her documentry ‘Saving Faces’ based on the Pakistani acid-attack-subjected women, winning Academy Award, NewYork Indian Film Festival, SAARC Film Award and Emmy Award for The Best Documentry and got nominated for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming, Outstanding Cinematography Documentary and Long Form, Outstanding Research in the Emmy Awards. Both the films won the Alfred I Dupont Award and The Association for International Broadcasting Award. ‘Transgenders-Pakistan open secret’ based on the story of three Pakistani transgenders, each living in a different way.
The woman to win an Oscar Award, is the first non-American to win Livingston Award for Best International Reporting, has made uncountable award winning films in more than 10 countries. Moreover, she has achieved ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ from Government of Pakistan, won Lux Style Achievement Award and Crystal Award 2013 for her outstanding efforts in Promoting Human Rights and Women’s Issues through her films as her work revolves around human rights and women’s issues.
Breaking all the barriers and stigmas, she accomplished one of the most prestigious honor for Pakistan with the vissionary of improvising the lives of children & women.