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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Documentary Film-maker, SOC Films

Documentary film-maker. Has made over a dozen films in over 10 countries. Films include Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Recently completed work on first two documentary features Song of Lahore and A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers. Work has aired on channels including, HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel. 2012, set up independent production house SOC Films, Karachi, which specializes in producing investigative and socially motivated content. Also spearheads Pakistan’s first film animation production house, Waadi Animations, which produced Pakistan’s first animated film, 3 Bahadur. Named: to list of 100 most influential people in the world, Time Magazine (2012). Recipient: Academy Award; Emmy Award; Hilal-e-Imtiaz, for services to arts and culture, Pakistan (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for work in the field of documentary films, Canada (2013); Crystal Award, World Economic Forum (2013); Asia Game Changer Award, for making a positive difference for the future of Asia and the world, Asia Society (2014).