Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy — Pakistani Journalist born on November 12, 1978,

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a Pakistani journalist and filmmaker. She won an Academy Award and 2 Emmy Awards for her documentaries; Pakistanis Taliban Generation in 2010 and Saving Face in 2012. Her Oscar win for Best Documentary for Saving Face made her the first Pakistani to win the coveted Academy Award. She is also the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. On 23 March 2012, Pakistani president conferred the highest—civilian award Hilal-e-Imtiaz on Obaid-Chinoy for bringing honor to Pakistan as a filmmaker.Time magazine named Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2012. Sharmeen was ranked 37th on’s list of the 50 Coolest Desis of 2009... (wikipedia)

It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from - if you put quality work out there, it will be appreciated.
The news that comes out of Pakistan is always geared toward terrorism and fundamentalism. But when you give people freedom of expression and the freedom to go out and be social and to express themselves, you will see a change. I see that coming about in my country.
I believe in telling the truth.
An Academy Award nomination is stuff dreams are made of.
My family restores my sense of ease and keeps me balanced.