“If a door hasn’t opened, it’s because you haven’t kicked it hard enough.”
October 2018—Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, shared her powerful stories and film excerpts with Grade 6-12 students.
“Truth is worth fighting for,” says the Pakistani activist, who is making a difference in the fight for women’s equality.
She began writing for newspapers when she was 14. After studying economics and political science at Smith College in Massachusetts, she set out to highlight the inequalities of women and children, pitching her first documentary about Afghan refugee children in Pakistan. Despite multiple rejections, she never gave up.
Since then, she’s made more than two dozen films on topics such as women’s access to contraception and the Iraq war’s impact on children. Her film Saving Face, about acid attacks on women, earned her first Academy Award.
To reach her most important audience—impoverished, rural women and children—she created Pakistan’s first mobile theatre. Though often threatened for her investigative work, she won’t be silenced: “That’s just part of fighting.”