Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s short film Sitara: Let Girls Dream premiered at Karachi’s Nueplex Cinemas on Monday. The animated film narrated the story of a Pakistani woman compelled into a little one marriage.
Sitara is a 15-minute silent animated film that depends on visuals and sound results to get the message throughout.
“The reason we did not include a single dialogue [in this film] is that we wanted everyone to interpret the film in their own way,” mentioned Chinoy whereas speaking to SAMAA Digital.
For the music, Sharmeen collaborated with Grammy and Emmy Award-winning music composer Laura Karpman. Her goal with this collaboration was to inform the story largely by way of the emotion of Karpman’s highly effective rating.
“The only mode of communication in the film is from the actions, eye movements, body movements and the music,” she mentioned. Chinoy added that although there have been no dialogues within the film, everybody would stroll out understanding what the film was about.
While speaking concerning the film, actor Sanam Saeed remarked that the music was so highly effective that there was no want for dialogues. “The message of the film was so strong that it doesn’t need any words to carry it forward,” mentioned Saeed.
The story of Sitara revolves across the concept of compelled little one marriages in Pakistan. It is about a younger woman who dreamed of changing into a pilot. Her father, nonetheless, arranges her marriage with a a lot older man and he or she is compelled to oblige.
The father realises his mistake solely after the wedding has taken place. During the credit, they present the daddy encouraging his youthful daughter to pursue her desires. She finally ends up changing into a pilot.
“As people know that when I create a film, it’s not just a film, I make movements,” mentioned Chinoy. “There is a movement attached to this film too. My aim is to encourage everyone to invest in their daughters’ dreams.”
She mentioned that they’ve additionally launched a world marketing campaign known as Let Girls Dream.
Chinoy believes that in Pakistan individuals don’t spend money on their daughters’ and it was necessary to take action as a way to make the world extra equitable.
“There should be more than just marriage, it’s also about studying, working and contributing to nation-building,” she mentioned. “I want people to show Sitara to their daughters, house help and screen it in schools and community centres.”
The film had been within the works for the final two years and was showcased at numerous worldwide platforms. Finally, it was launched, in partnership with Netflix, changing into the first-ever Netflix authentic from Pakistan.
The short film has additionally obtained worldwide acclaim, profitable Best Produced Screenplay, Best Music Score and the Humanitarian Award on the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019.
Notable names from the fraternity like Ayesha Omar, Jimmy Khan, Frieha Altaf, Zahid Ahmed, Ushna Shah, Adeel Hussain and plenty of others attended the premiere.
The short film was launched on Netflix on March 8, International Women’s Day.
Chinoy is a filmmaker who is aware of what it’s prefer to transcend expectations. In 2012, she grew to become the primary Pakistani to obtain an Academy Award, for her short-subject documentary Saving Face. Recently, she launched a YouTube docuseries, Fundamental, shedding mild on the tales of 5 ladies all over the world working to vary their communities.