Talk with Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Oscar and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy conducted a session on Monday, May 11th 2015 at IBA Main Campus, Karachi. Ms. Chinoy's major talk was about her recent film which is also Pakistan's first animated feature film called "3 Bahadur". This film will launch nationwide on May 22nd.
Over the past fifteen years, Ms. Chinoy has made over a dozen award winning films. These include Saving Face, Transgender: Pakistan's Open Secret, Pakistan's Taliban Generation, and a recent film, Song of Lahore. Ms. Chinoy began writing investigative pieces at the age of 14 as a way to contribute to critical conversation in Pakistan. She was always interested in telling stories of marginalized communities; people whose voices were never heard and whose compelling stories needed to be shared.
"3 Bahadur", her upcoming movie is the story of three extraordinary children, who rise from the unlikeliest and unfortunate places to save their town from the evils that plague it. Eleven years old Amna, Saadi and Kamil, equipped with courage and super powers, battle against the odds and stand up to injustice in order to restore peace and harmony in their once thriving neighborhood. According to Ms. Chinoy "3 Bahadur" is made because Pakistan needs its own national super heroes who would safeguard the future of Pakistan.
Ms. Chinoy said she wants to bring animation to the Pakistani Film industry because animated movies capture interest of its audience. Also, movies are one of the best ways to convey any message and the government should implement some policies that support this industry.
Since all her films capture social issues, "3 Bahadur" too is focused on the stance that "change can come" and children can create better community. She also showed her film cast and official trailer of the movie through videos to IBA Students. As an answer to many students' questions regarding her motivation behind her success, Ms. Chinoy replied that risk taking and believing in yourself are the two elements of achieving success. According to Ms. Chinoy, one must never be afraid of criticism. We should believe in our dreams and pursue them because dreams are easy to achieve, we only have to believe in ourselves and keep knocking on doors and eventually a door of opportunity will open for us.