Sharmeen launched the ‘Patakha’ platform for female filmmakers in Pakistan
Pakistani first female filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is looking forward to empowering women through her newly founded grants and mentorship program called “Patakha”
She wants to promote the talent of female storytellers and filmmakers in Pakistan
SOC Films owner Obaid-Chinoy, who produced the Oscar-winning documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, helped the director earn her second Academy Award. In 2012, she earned her first Academy Award for the documentary saving Face. In addition, the director developed White in the Flag, a multi-year effort intended at spotlighting Pakistan’s minorities and elevating their experiences.
The two-time Oscar winner took to social media for the launch of the new platform in Pakistan. “Telling stories that matter is important to me and I also know how hard it is to find the finances and mentorship to do so. At SOC Films we routinely get emails, calls, and visits from young women across Pakistan who want to be able to tell their stories,” Sharmeen wrote on Instagram.
“Today I’m launching a platform that I hope will help them do so. A small grants and mentorship program for female filmmakers across Pakistan who want to work in short-form storytelling. I hope in a few years from now this platform will enable a filmmaker to represent our country at The Academy,” she added
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