A journalist, filmmaker as well as an activist who is known the world over for fighting for inequality for women; someone who is also the recipient of two Academy Awards, six Emmy Awards as well as the Hilal-i-Imtiaz while also being named by the Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's achievements are endless.
And now, adding another accomplishment to make a positive impact on the society, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy presents an animated series depicting Pakistani real life heroes who stood up for diversity and we couldn't be more excited.
A YouTube series which is titled “Stories for our children”, has been made by Sharmeen's company SOC Films and depicts animated stories about real heroes who stood up for diversity and inclusion as they pushed for a Pakistan that celebrates courage and humanity. The first in the series happens to be the story of Abdul Sattar Edhi.
Stories For Our Children , as we said the first part is based on Edhi, it shows how in the early 1950's Abdul Sattar Edhi opened a free medical dispensary and an ambulance service and how he became a pioneer in a movement to establish free and universal healthcare in the newly formed state of Pakistan.
With the film inspired by the story of young Edhi and recounting the journey of how this extraordinary man came to be one of Pakistan's greatest humanitarian figures, this Ramzan the team hopes to share a story for the whole family which shows children that change begins with a celebration of love and tolerance.
While speaking to Geo News Sharmeen explained what it meant when she said that this series would be an experience for the whole family,
"We are taking into educational institutes and also sharing online so families inside and outside Pakistan can experience them.”
Chinoy also mentioned how the remaining episodes will feature the lives of Kulsum (a Hazara girl from Khalsabad village) and Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan, a 16-year-old martyr, who sacrificed his life by intercepting a suicide bomber and in turn saving the lives of his fellow students.
With these series we are quite hopeful that children and adults alike will respond in a positive manner as an initiative like this is much needed and should be welcomed with open arms.