Voices from the Front Line: Documenting Marginalized Communities Around the World (37th Mueller Fellow Lecture)

Voice from the Front Line: Documenting Marginalized Communities Around the World

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
37th Mueller Fellow, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, the only female director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Her Common Hour talk will focus on the men, women, and children who have inspired her from the Philippines to Timor Leste in the last two decades since she began making films about marginalized communities.

In the past 16 years, Obaid-Chinoy has made a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films include “Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” “Song of Lahore,” “Saving Face,”  “Peace Keepers,” “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret,” and “Pakistan’s Taliban Generation.” Her work has aired on channels spanning 4 continents including, HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery channel.

In 2012, Time Magazine included Obaid-Chinoy in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year the Pakistan Government awarded her with highest civil honor “Hilal -e–Imtiaz”. In 2013, the Canadian  government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. In 2017, Obaid-Chinoy was the first artist ever to co-chair the “World Economic Forum” at Davos.

Born and raised in Karachi,  Pakistan, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and two masters’ degrees from Stanford University.

This talk is sponsored by The Paul A. Mueller, Jr. and family Fellowship Endowment.

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