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A Girl in the River: Wins Oscar

February 29, 2016

"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" wins Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards. Read More

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviews Sharmeen Obaid

February 24, 2016

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviews Sharmeen Obaid about her work at the upcoming Oscars. Read More

A Girl in the River: Screens at the Prime Ministers Office

February 22, 2016

"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" screens at the Prime Ministers Office in Islamabad as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif denounces honor killings and lledges to end the heinous crime in Pakistan. Read More

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

February 17, 2016

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers was screened to a panel concerning Women and UN Peackeeping at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Read More

The power of 3

May 31, 2015

What makes 3 Bahadur different from other movies produced in Pakistan is the fact that it was an underdog from the moment it was conceived. Read More

3 Bahadur distinctively Pakistani

May 29, 2015

Even before SharmeenObaid-Chinoy's 3 Bahadur premiered on the 22nd of May this year, most people - and not just children - knew that the feature film would take them through an unforgettable experience. Why is that? What is it that makes 3 Bahadur so special; more so than many other, arguably better animated features? Read More

3 Bahadur taking Pakistani cinemas to greater heights

May 28, 2015

This movie has set new standards in Pakistani cinema, since it also falls under the genre of 3D animation, a category which has remained void for far too long. 3 Bahadur puts an exclamatory mark on the perils we face in our society, where elders are well aware of the problems, yet they do not raise their voices. Read More

The Bold and the Bahadur

May 24, 2015

"3 Bahadur is not a film, it's a movement," says Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, when asked how the idea of the movie originated. "When we were young, we had Uncle Sargam, AinakWala Jinn etc. to relate to, but kids of today have nothing except dubbed cartoons from India or the West. They don't have their own characters which is what propelled me to take charge. Since I have always been a firm believer in the fact that cartoons are family entertainment - everyone watches them - and that there is a child hiding within us, I decided to pursue the idea which is now in cinemas, finally." Read More

3 Bahadur is a brave and sincere effort and lays a foundation for children's cinema

May 22, 2015

3 Bahadur (3 Brave) is the first animated feature film of Pakistan and this exclusiveness has given it a special recognition and made it one of the most talked about films of this year. The good thing is that the film proved itself worthy of it and successfully laid the foundation of children's cinema in Pakistan. Read More

SharmeenObaidChinoy; 'have women given up too easily?'

April 30, 2015

SharmeenObaidChinoy, known for producing challenging documentaries, illuminating avenues, which were once ignored in the world. Her latest piece, Song Of Lahore; showcases a softer side to her documentaries. In this interview sheshares what compels her to pursue her work and shares advice with all those women who yearn for something beyond the ordinary. Read More

SONG OF LAHORE NAMED RUNNERS UP AT 2015 TRIBECA AWARDS

April 25, 2015

Documentary 'Song of Lahore' were named runners-up for the honors, at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in NewYork. Directed by Andy Schocken and SharmeenObaid-Chinoy, the film focuses on Pakistani musicians who keep making music after their country's Islamization. Read More

SharmeenObaid Chairs Day 1 of 'Women in the World' Summit

April 23, 2015

"Often we view women from my part of the world as victims. We need to have heroes. We need to have strong, brave women," said Obaid-Chinoy. Speaking at the Sixth Annual ' Women in the World ' summit, the Academy & Emmy Award winner addressed the crowd along side cinema great Meryl Streep, acclaimed director Ava DuVerney and American Sweetheart John Stewart. Sharmeen delved deeper into the ethos of the Pakistani culture, describing the story of Syed Fatima an activist against bonded labor in rural Punjab and a character in her upcoming documentary. Read More

Song of Lahore receives a standing ovation at Tribeca- Dawn

April 21, 2015

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken's documentary 'Song of Lahore' received a standing ovation at its screening at the ongoing 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival at various locations throughout downtown Manhattan. Read More

Another accolade for SOC

April 21, 2015

SharmeenObaid-Chinoy is one of the 50 women who have made the biggest difference in the world over the last year!. Read More

Song of Lahore shows how Pakistani music came back from the dead- The Wrap

April 19, 2015

Directed by Andy Schocken and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the film about Pakistani music tells a fascinating story and mixes glorious artistry with a background that has real resonance in a world in which fundamentalist Islam is on the march. Read More

3 Bahadur hope to match the quality of Disney and Pixar - AnimationXpress

January 29, 2015

Now, the country will soon witness the entrance of three kids superheroes in the form of the first animated feature film 3 Bahadur. Read More

3 Bahadur will be Groundbreaking - Dawn

December 25, 2014

The First Look of Waadi Animations' 3 Bahadur will have you craving more and luckily all those involved in the film are committed to providing just that. Read More

Waadi Animations premieres '3 Bahadur' 1st look - The Daily Times

December 24, 2014

Waadi Animation announced their core partners and synergies and premiered the first look for their debut film '3 Bahadur' at an exclusive event held at Nueplex Cinemas in Karachi. Read More

Unstoppable: Two workers risking lives to fight bonded labour in Sindh - Dawn

October 26, 2014

A former bonded labourer and a doctor. A Hindu woman and a Muslim man with the same vision and determination; when they get together, you feel that anything is possible in Pakistan. Read More

Director's Cut: We are all disabled - Dawn

October 12, 2014

In a society of competing dualisms between rich and poor, urban and rural, developed and undeveloped, it is not hard to imagine the challenges that people with disabilities must face. Read More

SOCFILMS: Career Opportunities (WEB DESIGNER)

October 9, 2014

SOC Films is looking for an experienced web designer to join its team in Karachi on a full-time basis. Read More

SOCFILMS: Career Opportunities (GRAPHIC DESIGNER)

October 9, 2014

SOC Films is looking for a full time graphic designer to join their Karachi office. Read More

Director's Cut: A thing of the past - Dawn

September 28, 2014

Would you believe that in the heart of southern Punjab, there is a village that is now 'domestic violence free'? Read More

SOCFILMS: Career Opportunities

September 27, 2014

SOC FILMS is hiring for its Animation department. Spread the word- Email jobs@socfilms.com for more details Read More

Waadi Animations spearheads Pakistan filmdom into animation space - Business Standard

September 18, 2014

After unearthing the horrors of acid attacks and recruitment of child terrorists, Pakistan's Oscar and Emmy Award winning filmmaker SharmeenObaid-Chinoy has put her creative forces behind "3 Bahadur", said to be the country's first animated feature film in Urdu. Read More

The Director's Cut: Leading from the front - Dawn

September 14, 2014

Two police officers from KP defy every preconceived notion anyone may have about the capability of Pakistani women. Read More

I Heart Karachi: Powerful stories from the 'city of death' - Dawn

September 3, 2014

A teeming metropolis of 20 million people, Karachi is rife with unabated violence and is frequently euphemised as the "city of death". Yet, there are some who continue to hold the city up even though it constantly lifts its people down. Read More

Fruits of labour - Dawn

August 31, 2014

How did a young man from Hijrat Colony, Karachi, whose parents were poor and uneducated, make it to one of the finest universities in the world? Read More

'I Heart Karachi' pays tribute to Karachi's unsung heroes - Daily Times

August 31, 2014

After announcing the upcoming release of Pakistan's first HD Urdu language animated feature film titled '3 Bahadur', Karachi-based production house SOC Films has launched a series of short documentaries titled 'I Heart Karachi'. Read More

I Heart Karachi screened - Dawn

August 29, 2014

Old Karachi and its benefactors have often been chronicled in the media, but those who are serving the city and its denizens in difficult contemporary times seldom get their due. Read More

I Heart Karachi: The saviours of the city - The Express Tribune

August 27, 2014

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary features the lives of a firefighter, a polio worker, emergency ward staff, a journalist and an official of the bomb disposal squad. These people risk their lives each day to help others. Read More

Karachi's Nightingale - Dawn

August 17, 2014

In the SIUT, there is an angel named Zainab. Zainab has been singing to children undergoing kidney transplants at the hospital for well over ten years. Read More

The Director's Cut: Another Brick in the Wall - Dawn

August 3, 2014

Even in this day and age, brick kiln workers and their families are mercilessly bought and treated like slaves. Read More

The Director's Cut: Living Brave - Dawn

July 20, 2014

The Balakot tragedy lingers in the air nine years after and its effects still permeate through the lives of many. Read More

Pakistan is a great place for budding filmmakers - DW

July 15, 2014

Celebrated documentary film maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is set to make Pakistan's first animated feature film. In a DW interview, the Oscar winner says that her commercial venture seeks to motivate the country's youth. Read More

Love kills - Dawn

July 6, 2014

Bludgeoned to death, burnt to death, hung, shot, beaten, decapitated. Honour is a loaded word for women in Pakistan. Read More

The director's cut: The silent soldier - Dawn

June 22, 2014

Ironically, Naseem wasn't killed for being a polio worker; but fell victim to domestic violence. Read More

3 Braves: Pakistan's empowering first animated feature film - The Guardian

June 19, 2014

With her latest project, Oscar-winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is creating local heroes for children – and concealing inspiring messages in cartoons. Read More

3 Bahadur: Going where others fear to tread - The Express Tribune

June 15, 2014

After producing a number of award winning documentaries, SOC Films is all set for Pakistan's first-ever full-length animated motion picture 3 Bahadur. Read More

The director's cut: The narrative of Pakistan - Dawn

June 8, 2014

When news becomes noise, there rises a need to redefine what passes for content on our TV channels. Read More

Tete-a-tete: Saying 'no' to nay-sayers - Dawn

April 13, 2014

Academy-award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wants to tell the stories of real 'heroes' in Pakistan - ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. Read More

"Aghaz-e-Safar" of Sharmeen Obaid starts on April 13, 2014 on Aaj TV - Daily Nai Baat

April 12, 2014

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy the first Pakistani to won an Oscar award is coming up with a documentary cum talk show show for television named 'Aghaz-e-Safar'. Read More

Aghaz-e-Safar: "This show will be groundbreaking - Dawn

April 11, 2014

“For too long our television screens have been taken over by politicians talking about politics. In that I feel the stories of the people have been lost,” said Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the launch of her new show, Aghaz-e-Safar which seeks to rectify that. Read More

On Aghaz-e-Safar and Resilience - Bina Shah

April 9, 2014

It's strong, heady stuff. We've never discussed issues with such openness on such a platform before. It's daring, and it won't be easy to take. But I'd like to venture that it is exactly what we need. Read More

Fashion Makes Noise for Women's Rights - The New York Times

June 10, 2013

Can fanciful fashion become a force for good? Since the disaster in Bangladesh in April, when the crumbling of a faulty factory killed more than 1,000 female seamstresses, fast fashion has developed a toxic reputation. Read More

Sharmeen Obaid appointed HIV/AIDS goodwill ambassador- The Express Tribune

February 21, 2013

Film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was appointed as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS for the year 2013 and 2014, by SAARC Selection Committee for the programme, a press release stated. Read More

Women of the Year 2012- Glamour

December 21, 2012

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a Woman of the Year because..."She's giving a voice to women who've been silenced- and sending a message to their assailants that the world is watching." - TV Journalist Lisa Ling Read More

Obaid-Chinoy and acid-burn survivor Zakia receive a joint award- The Express Tribune

November 2, 2012

Academy Award winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, along with acid-burn survivor Zakia, will jointly receive the Glamour Women of the Year Award for the documentary Saving Face. Read More

Documenting Positive Pakistan - The Herald

June 5, 2012

Somebody really ought to invent a newer sexier term for this cinematic form which we call a documentary. Majority of people here the word and run a mile in the opposite direction barely bothering to stifle their disdainful yawns. Well not run, maybe, but saunter casually so as to not give the impression that they are dimwitted or uncultured or, god forbid, not interested in 'issues'. Read More

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy flies high with Ho Yaqeen - The Express Tribune

May 5, 2012

KARACHI: The wonderfully theatrical and award-winning costume designer Cecil Beaton once said' "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against all the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." Fancy words aside, there are very few amongst us who actually dare to be different. Oscar winner Sharmeen-Obaid-Chinoy, known for taking on unique subjects with her documentaries, has been working on latest documentary series which captures her voyage to find and retell the stories of those lesser-known visionaries who are trying to bring a change in Pakistan. Read More

Chinoy's new venture tribute to unsung heroes - Dawn

May 5, 2012

KARACHI: The premiere of Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's new documentary surely called for a red carpet event, except that this time the carpet unrolled, leading a path straight into Lyari. Read More

Sharmeen's latest project opens to rousing applause - The News

May 5, 2012

Academy award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has teamed up with a multinational soft drink maker to produce and direct a series of six documentaries that will soon be aired across the country. The series of documentaries, titled 'Ho Yaqeen,' will narrate the stories of people who have selflessly served their communities and have strived to bring about change. The first documentary of the series tells the story of Sabina Khatri, a 40-year-old who runs a school in the crime-infested locality of Lyari. It was premiered at a local hotel here of Friday. Read More

The 100 Most Influential People in the World - TIME

April 18, 2012

Pakistan's first Oscar belongs to a monumental campaign that is changing the legal, social and political fate of survivors of acid-related violence. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's documentary Saving Face brought Pakistan's acid-violence problem to the world stage. Today she is bringing the film's message to towns and villages in Pakistan through an educational-awareness campaign. Her film not only gave her subjects sympathy and understanding but, more important, gave them dignity. The "victims" in Saving Face are some of the strongest, most impressive women you will ever come across. She showed us their scars, and we saw their true beauty. Read More

Iran and Pakistan at the Oscars- The New Yorker

March 1, 2012

It has been hard to find much art in mainstream American politics this winter or to find much politics in mainstream American art, at least in the film making category. The Oscars last Sunday celebrated nostalgic, self-referential, willfully irrelevant films such as "The Artist" and "Hugo." There were a few fleeting moments of inspiration, though; they came from filmmakers from Pakistan and Iran two countries that bedevil, befuddle, provoke, and frighten the United States who slipped in through the Academy's carefully policed side doors for documentaries and international writers and directors. Read More

Pakistan Celebrates First Oscar Winner, Saving Face, and Confronts the Acid Attacks That Have Terrorized its Women - LA Weekly

March 1, 2012

"Where are the stars?" Riffat Masood, the consul general of the Pakistani Consulate in Los Angeles, has hushed the crowd gathered in the living room of her palatial home in Beverly Hills. Now she just needs to find the guests of honor. "Where is the director? Where is the famous doctor?" As the two make their way to her side, Masood explains what an honor it is to have them here this evening, the Friday before Oscar night. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is co-director and co-producer of Saving Face, the first Pakistani film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. Read More

Behind the scenes: SZABIST alumni captured images that made it all work

February 28, 2012

Asad Faruqi saw the Academy Awards ceremony for the first time in his life this Monday morning. But he can't recall what happened after the film in which he worked as a cameraman, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's Saving Face, won an Oscar for the Best Documentary-Short Subject category. The 26-year-old Faruqi said that he never expected the film to make it to the Oscars. Now that it has done exactly that, the graduate of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist) hopes that this award will help convince families that are reluctant to send their children to film school that the profession is worth pursuing. Read More

Pakistanis can help Pakistanis - The Times Of India

February 4, 2012

Saving Face, a documentary featuring victims of acid violence in Pakistan and the efforts of a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr M Ali Jawad to conduct free plastic surgery for these women, has been nominated for an Oscar. The film is a collaborative effort between the American film-maker Daniel Junge, whose idea it was to document Jawad's contribution and who has an Oscar nomination for an earlier film, and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a 1978-born Pakistani film-maker Read More