Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, daughter of Pakistan

Really inspired by this portrait of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who is the best-known documentary filmmaker in Pakistan, as she tackles patriarchy in her country. She started her career after the 9/11 attacks:

“Suddenly, everyone was an expert on Pakistan and Afghanistan,” With Westerners newly interested in Pakistan, she saw an opening. “The idea was to bring stories from there to here”.


“Saving Face,” for which she won an Oscar in 2012, follows Mohammed Jawad, a plastic surgeon who treats women who have been disfigured by acid attacks.

In 2016, hoping to introduce her films and those of others to people who had never been to a movie theatre, she started a mobile rural cinema that travels to remote villages […] The audience was not always convinced but she said:

“You have to keep shining a light on things, even if nobody changes their mind while watching the film,”

“There will be somebody who will think twice about what a woman goes through, or about killing a woman.”

#MeToo in Pakistan:

A female member of Parliament, Ayesha Gulalai, accused the Pakistani politician and former professional cricketer Imran Khan of sexual harassment. (He has denied the claim.) Public opinion was virulently against her; she was called a liar and a gold digger. Obaid-Chinoy summarised Pakistan’s view as:

“The benefit of the doubt in this country is always given to a man,”  

She had increased her security in 2015, after a co-founder of the Citizens Archive, the human-rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, was murdered; at least two other female activists have been killed in Karachi in the past five years.