Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She recently completed work on her first two documentary features Song of Lahore and A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival respectively. In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films include the HBO Documentary Saving Face which won an Oscar in 2012, 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 Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded Sharmeen 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 2014, the Asia Society in New York honored her with an Asia Game Changer Award, which recognized 12 individuals making a positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.