- Geographic Location: Asia
- Age: 5
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first non-American journalist to be awarded the prestigious Livingston Award. She recently completed her fifth film, "Pakistan's Double Game," which deals with Pakistan's role in the war against terrorism for Britain's Channel 4. Obaid’s first documentary Terror’s Children which premiered on the launch night of the Discovery Times Channel was awarded the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award for "Individual Achievement, Reporter/Correspondent", the Overseas Press Club Award and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. Her second documentary, Re-inventing the Taliban?, filmed for the Discovery Times network in the northwest province of Pakistan, was awarded the Special Jury Award at the BANFF TV festival in Canada, the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the American Women in Radio and Television award for outstanding documentary in the U.S. Obaid was also given the Livingston Award for her work in this documentary. On a Razor's Edge, Obaid's third documentary which aired on PBS Frontline World, dealt with President Musharraf's policies in light of the nuclear leaks and the proxy war in Kashmir. Women of the Holy Kingdom, her fourth film which aired on the Discovery Times Channel in March 2005, looks at the contributions that Saudi women are making to their economy and society. Born in Karachi in 1978, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was the first woman in her Pakistani family to receive a Western education. Obaid graduated from Smith College with a bachelor of arts (honors) in economics and government and then went to complete two master's degrees from Stanford University in International Policy Studies and Communication. Obaid's career in documentary filmmaking began when she examined the plight of Afghani refugee children in Pakistan for one of her articles. Their situation was so dire, and their stories so compelling, that Obaid decided to return to Pakistan and create a film about them. She petitioned Smith College and New York Times Television production division for the grants that would allow her to accomplish her goals. Intrigued by her story, both organizations gave her the funds as well as production equipment and training.
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