Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy tells stories that drive social change. She wrote, “My films are examples of how one story, eloquently told, can move a country’s lawmakers to break through decades of impunity and legal deadlock. Film, art, literature, music and performance help people express themselves and even just be themselves.”

“In 2014, a Pakistani teenager called Saba Qaiser was shot by her father and uncle and thrown into a river. It was her punishment for having eloped with a man she loved. Saba survived and became the protagonist of my documentary about so-called honour killings, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.”

That film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2015.

In 2017, Obaid Chinoy served as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, using the event to argue that “business and economics must go hand in hand with culture and arts for society to move forward.”

Found on YouTube, here is the documentary:

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