Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her films include Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Sharmeen has made over a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world.
Sharmeen’s work centers on human rights and women’s issues and she has worked with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor-Leste to the Philippines. By bringing their voices to the outside world, she has often helped them bring about a critical change in their community.
In 2012, Time Magazine included her in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, Sharmeen was the recipient of the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for her work in documentary filmmaking, making her the first Pakistani to receive this honor.