Noted filmmaker to be NU-Q graduation speaker.
Tribune News Network Doha RENOWNED journalist, filmmaker and activist, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, will address Northwestern University in Qatar's (NU-Q) graduating class in May. Obaid-Chinoy's documentary films and projects, which focus on inequality among women, have received international recognition, earning her two Academy Awards, six Emmy Awards and a Lux Style Award. "We are honoured that Sharmeen, a person of distinction and achievement will speak at the 2018 graduation," said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO."Her accomplishments connect the values and interests of all students at NU-Q, and her life and work will be a source of courage and inspiration for all of us." In 2012, TIME Magazine included Obaid-Chinoy in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In that same year, the Pakistani journalist received the Hilal-i-Imtiaz award, the second highest civilian honour awarded by Pakistan. In 2013, Canada awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in documentary films, and in that same year,the World Economic Forum honoured her with a Crystal Award at its annual summit in Davos. Obaid-Chinoy was selected to speak by a graduation speaker committee, composed of NU-Q faculty, students and staff who researched and identified candidates for the 2018 graduation ceremony. "Sharmeen is a filmmaker and activist who has challenged societal and cultural obstacles to pursue what she believes in," said Noof al Sulaiti, a member of the graduation speaker committee and president of the NU-Q student union."Her films tell stories about injustice and inequality, especially among women, which is something very important to me given the region I live in and the issues surrounding it. I am very pleased and honoured that she is coming to speak at our graduation." In the past 16 years, Obaid-Chinoy made a dozen multi-award winning films in more than 10 countries. Her films include 'Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness', 'Song of Lahore', 'Saving Face', 'Peace Keepers', 'Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret' and 'Pakistan's Taliban Generation'. Her work has aired on HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel. NU-Q's previous graduation speakers have included columnist and commentator Rami Khorui, author and filmmaker Sophia al Maria, filmmaker and Oscar nominee Jehane Noujaim, social entrepreneur Shiza Shahid, award-winning BBC anchor and correspondent Lyse Ducet OBE, and best-selling author and magazine journalist Derek Thompson.
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|Date:||Mar 11, 2018|
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