Tackling the Patriarchy in Pakistan Through Film


In a country where women face entrenched patriarchy that dictates their choices when it comes to schooling, work, marriage, and self-presentation. Where more than half of Pakistani women are illiterate, and many suffer domestic violence Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is creating films that are combatting men’s power to define women’s lives.

Obaid-Chinoy is the best-known documentary filmmaker in Pakistan. Her films, which have won two Oscars and three Emmys, range from reportage on xenophobia in South Africa to an inquiry into the ethics of honor killings in Pakistan, and anger, she says, is a most useful emotion. 

Head over to The New Yorker for Sharmeen's story.