Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s proudly reveals her latest animation film, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM which opened in theaters in New York on September 23rd, 2019. The fifteen-minute animated short film chronicles the life of a young girl whose dream of being a pilot is crushed when she is forced into child marriage.
Written and directed by Sharmeen, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore where a fourteen-year old girl, Pari, dreams of becoming a pilot. Her story is told through the perspective of her six-year-old sister Mehr, who is unaware of the traditions and barriers that lay in the path of women from her family. It is a story about the burdens of a family and the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams. SITARA is a silent film [no dialogues] which embodies this struggle.
“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. 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”. said Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
The music for SITARA has been composed by Emmy Award-Winning composer Laura Karpman. Recorded and mixed at the world’s most famous and iconic studio, Abbey Road studios, Karpman’s score has been paramount in bringing the film’s story and characters to life.
The film’s Executive Producers include Gloria Steinem, the iconic women’s rights activist, and Darla Anderson, the Academy Award Winning producer of Coco and Toy Story 3.
SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, is produced under the banner of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s animation company, Waadi Animations entirely in Pakistan, from its concept to execution in association with Vice Studios and Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE.
In Pakistan, the Waadi Animations Tea is spearheaded by Art Director Salman Nasir, Animation Director Kamran Khan, CG Lighting Supervisor Adnan Saeed, Director of Photography Faizan Ali, Editor Husain Qaizer, Sound Effects Editor Sameer Khan, co-producer Eleyna Sara Haroun and Associate Producer Syed Ayub with Salman Iqbal, Jerjees Seja and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as the producers.
Every year, 12 million girls around the world are married off as child brides denying them the right to education and an opportunity to fulfil their dreams. With SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, Sharmeen hopes to start a global conversation, encouraging parents and families to invest in their girls’ dreams.