Oscar-winning Pakistani-Canadian Filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, has bagged a nomination for her documentary Freedom Fighter in the 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for ‘Best Feature Story in a News Magazine’.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy bags nomination
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy received a nomination for her documentary ‘Freedom Fighter’ in Emmy Awards. The documentary Freedom Fighter narrates the story of three brave women-a child bride, a police officer, and a labor crusader. These women are defying odds to achieve equal rights for women in the country.
The documentary Freedom Fighter made it to the list alongside Nadia for 60 Minutes by CBS and The Dropout by ABC News among others. “Freedom Fighters is dedicated to Pakistan’s brave female fighters who are not afraid of facing adversity and are entrenched on the frontlines, to create a better tomorrow for their neighbors, community, and country,” wrote Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy while making the announcement of nomination on Facebook.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Maheen Sadiq’s short film “Freedom Fighters” has been nominated for an Emmy Award.
The short doc tells the stories of 3 brave women – a former child bride, a police officer & a labor crusader – speaking out against inequality & pushing for equal rights. pic.twitter.com/StcjQLjXse
— SOC Films (@SOCFilms) August 7, 2020
Freedom Fighter is one part of the documentary series that features four women fighting against patriarchy. The documentary has been produced under the banner of SOC for Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Sharmeen Obaid explains Freedom Fighter
“The short documentary film (33 minutes) interweaves the stories of three brave women – a former child bride, a police officer, and a labor crusader – who are speaking out against inequality and pushing for equal rights. It features a mix of verité sequences and animation as it follows these crusaders on a mission to create a more just country for their fellow citizens,” explained Sharmeen’s post.
Maheen Sadiq has co-directed the documentary series. Sharmeen’s co-director for Freedom Fighters, Maheen Sadiq shared that the short is a “testament to the strength, perseverance, and determination of a woman,” and further said, “We can all take inspiration from these powerful women who have braved their past and are now standing up for change, shaping not just their futures, but the futures of generations to come.”
The documentary has already received awards at Tallgrass Film Festival earlier and was featured in several film festivals around the globe.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations. The winners will be announced on September 21st in a virtual ceremony at the Emmy Awards website.
1/ We're honored to announce that two of our docs – "Recovering from Rehab," produced with @AJFaultLines; and "Freedom Fighters," from @SOCFilms – have been nominated for Emmys! Details: https://t.co/35XblVWcXU
— Reveal (@reveal) August 6, 2020
About Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Canadian journalist, filmmaker, and activist. She is known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. Sharmeed is the recipient of two Academy Awards, seven Emmy Awards, and a Knight International Journalism Award. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honored her with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second-highest civilian honor of the country. The magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is the only female film director to have won two academy awards by the age of 37.
In 2003 and 2004 she made two award-winning films while at Stanford. Her most notable films include the animated adventure 3 Bahadur (2015), the musical journey Song of Lahore (2015). Also her two Academy Award-winning films, the documentary Saving Face (2012) and the biographical A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2016). Her visual contributions have earned her numerous awards, including two Academy Awards in the Best Short Subject in 2012 and 2016 and two Emmy Awards in the same category in 2010 and 2011.