Journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy hosted the premiere of her latest animation short film ‘Sitara – Let Girls Dream’ at Nueplex Cinemas in Karachi on Monday. Pakistan’s First Netflix Original ‘Sitara’ To Highlight Child Marriage Issues!
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a name Pride and Recognition on the National and Global Spectrum. 41 Years old Sharmeen is the Recipient of two Academy Awards, six 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 award of the country.
Moreover, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most persuasive people in the world. She is the only female film director to have won two academy awards by the age of 37.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Premiered Animated Short Film “Sitara”
Recently Sharmeen premiered her treasured art of animated short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ at Nueplex cinema, DHA. The film has also made its way to popular online streaming site Netflix. It is the first time in the history of Pakistan that any film produced by any Pakistani has made its way to Netflix.
Celebrities Who Attended the Film Premiere in Karachi
The celebrities like Ayesha Omar, Sanam Saeed, Zahid Ahmed, Ushna Shah, Adeel Hussain, and many others attended the film premiere in Karachi.
Pakistan’s First Netflix Original ‘Sitara’ To Highlight Child Marriage Issues!
The film is based on society’s dilemma of forced child marriages in Pakistan. It took two years to “Sitara” to get completed and organized to exhibit at various international platforms. The plot of the movie is based on the dreams and struggles of a woman quite resembled with Shoaib Mansoor’s Dua-e-Reem.
The story revolves around a 14 years old young girl named “Pari” who dreamed to fly and wanted to be a pilot. Unfortunately, she is forced and obliged to marry an older man. Her father realized his slip up when he sent her off. The movie ended on the notes when Pari’s father trailed the younger daughter’s dream to be a pilot. The movie is a beautiful tint of dreams, realization, guilt, and rectification the earlier made mistake by transforming dreams into the reality of younger daughter.
Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019
The short-animated film “Sitara” has garnered a global clap and won ” BEST PRODUCED SCREENPLAY” BEST MUSIC SCORE AND HUMANITARIAN AWARDS.
Child Marriages in Pakistan
The unfortunate figures are yet horrifying but require Law Enforcement In Pakistan regarding the Pathetic Condition of Child Marriages as 21% of girls are married before their 18th Birthday and 3% are Married Before the Age of 15.
Pakistan is Shockingly Placed on Sixth Number of absolute Child Brides in the World. Underaged girls face greater pregnancy-related health risks than women, and their babies are more likely to have health problems. Domestic Violence is Very Common in Rural Areas.
A New Bill is Passed in the Pakistani Senate against Child Marriages
Though, recently a new bill passed in the Pakistani Senate, in which the minimum age of marriage for females was increased to 18 years. Any person found violating the law will be subjected to punish with a fine of Rs 1000 and imprisonment of only one a month. WHAT RUBBISH!!!…Such a shallow and demeaning punishment of a mere one month of imprisonment and the fine of Rs 1000 screams loud for the ineffectiveness of the establishment to neglect one of the most solemn issues of the country.
Hopefully, “Sitara” would Open Rusted Minds of the Policy and Lawmakers of Pakistan.