Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has announced a mentorship programme to encourage aspiring women filmmakers in Pakistan.

“Telling stories that matter is important to me and I also know how hard it is to find finances and mentorship to do so,” wrote Sharmeen on Instagram.

Chinoy said her team at SOC Films “routinely receives emails, calls and visits from young women filmmakers across Pakistan who want to be able to tell their stories.”

“So today I’m launching a platform that I hope will help them do so,” Sharmeen said. “A small grants and mentorship programme for female filmmakers across Pakistan who want to work in short form storytelling.”

Sharmeen hopes Patakha Pictures will enable women filmmakers to represent Pakistan at the Academy Awards (Oscars).

In March 2021, Sharmeen announced a website where students and activists could discuss solutions to problems faced by marginalised communities in Pakistan.

With two Oscars under her belt for her documentaries Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River (2015), Chinoy was named among South Asia’s 18 best directors by the Asian Tatler in January this year.


From : pk.mashable.com

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