Karachi: Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy recently organised the premiere of her latest animated short film called ‘SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM’ at the city’s Nueplex Cinemas.
SITARA was released on the International Women’s Day (March 8) on Netflix in over 190 countries – thereby becoming the first Pakistani animated film to be released and distributed by the US-based streaming service.
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Reza Baqir, HBL President and CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb, ARY Digital Network Founder and President Salman Iqbal, ARY Digital Network CEO Jerjees Seja, actors Ayesha Omar, Sanam Saeed, Adeel Hussain, Ushna Shah and Zahid Ahmed, musician Jimmy Khan, film director Saqib Malik, fashion designers Safinaz Muneer, Feeha Jamshed and Maheen Khan were all present at the occasion.
Written and directed Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore, where a 14-year-old girl named Pari dreams of becoming a pilot. Her story is told from the perspective of her younger sister, Mehr, and portrays the impact of a culture and the burdens of a household where girls still struggle to fully realise their dreams.
SITARA had earlier won three awards at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 in North Hollywood in December 2019 in the categories of ‘Best Produced Screenplay‘, ‘Best Music Score’, and the ‘Humanitarian Award’.