In 2015, two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy came out with Pakistan’s first-ever 3D computer-animated film, titled 3 Bahadur. Since then, Sharmeen has released two more installments of the animated film, along with other socially relevant series like Aagahi, Climate Change Series and Shattering the Silence that delivers powerful messages.
Recently, her latest animation film, Sitara: Let Girls Dream, premiered in theaters in New York. Written and directed by Sharmeen, the fifteen-minute short film chronicles the life of a 14-year old girl, Pari, whose dream of being a pilot is crushed when she is forced into child marriage.
“Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. Sitara embodies that struggle, it is a story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of it,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said in a press statement. “For me, Sitara is more than a film; it is a movement that we want to start across the world, that encourages parents to invest in their girls’ dreams, encouraging them to free their girls from the burdens of early marriage,” Sharmeen furthered, adding that, with her latest outing, she hopes to encourage parents and families to invest in their girls’ dreams.
Sitara: Let Girls Dream is a silent film [no dialogues] that takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore and highlights the burdens of a family and the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams. Pari’s story is told through the perspective of her six-year-old sister Mehr, who is unaware of her family traditions that lay in the path of women from her family.