Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: A Trailblazer in Pakistani Cinema

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a renowned Pakistani filmmaker and documentary filmmaker who has made significant contributions to the world of cinema. With her thought-provoking documentaries, she has shed light on important social issues and has received international acclaim for her work. Here are three of her notable works:

“Saving Face” (2012): This documentary won Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy her first Academy Award. It focuses on the stories of survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan and follows the work of British-Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who helps these survivors rebuild their lives. “Saving Face” not only raises awareness about this heinous crime but also highlights the resilience and strength of the survivors.

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” (2015): This documentary earned Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy her second Academy Award. It tells the powerful story of a young woman who survives an attempted honor killing and seeks justice for her ordeal. The film explores the complex issue of honor killings in Pakistan and raises questions about the importance of changing societal mindsets and legal frameworks to protect women’s rights.

“3 Bahadur” Trilogy (2015-2018): Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy also ventured into animated films with the “3 Bahadur” trilogy. The series follows the adventures of three young superheroes who fight against injustice and evil forces in Pakistan. The films not only entertain young audiences but also convey important messages of courage, unity, and standing up for what is right.


Through her work, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has become an influential figure in the global film industry, using her documentaries to give a voice to marginalized communities and shine a light on pressing social issues. Her films have not only garnered critical acclaim but have also created meaningful conversations and inspired positive change.

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