Netflix adding short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream,’ from two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, to growing slate of animated titles for families

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“Sitara: Let Girls Dream,” a short film from two-time Academy Award winner and three-time Emmy victor Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, will be added to Netflix’s burgeoning slate of animated titles for families. [Netflix photo]

A short film from two-time Academy Award winner and three-time Emmy victor Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will be added to Netflix’s burgeoning slate of animated titles for families.

“Sitara: Let Girls Dream” is an animated short film that follows the story of Pari, a 14-year-old girl with dreams of becoming a pilot growing up in a society that doesn’t allow her to dream, according to a news release.

VICE Studios financed and produced the film. Imke Fehrmann serves as producer. Women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem and Academy Award-winning producer Darla Anderson (Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” and “Toy Story 3″), VICE Media Group CEO Nancy Dubuc and Emmy-nominated Ariel Wengroff serve as executive producers, along Obaid-Chinoy’s animation production company Waadi Animation.

“12 million girls every year are forced into child marriage, losing their ability to dream. We hope this film gives young people and their family the ability to spark a conversation for a different perspective on what we allow our children to aspire to be when they grow up. We are thrilled to have Netflix as a partner to share this project with the world,” Wengroff said in a statement.

Adnan Saeed joins the crew as CG supervisor, while Salman Nasir is the art director and Kamran Khan as the animation director. Four-time Emmy Award and Grammy Award Winner Laura Karpman is the short’s composer.

“Thanks to the universal language of animation, ‘Sitara’ will help girls everywhere to dream and to soar,” Steinem said in a statement.

Gucci’s social impact initiative Chime for Change, Obaid Chinoy, and Wengroff will create an impact campaign for the film around the theme “Let Girls Dream,” through which they hope to encourage girls around the world to share their dreams and gain inspiration from one another. A robust school outreach program is already underway across the world to encourage girls to hold meaningful conversations about their dreams and how to achieve them. For more information about the campaign, go to

Known for her work in films that highlight the inequality of women, Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37, and her work has been screened around the world. “Saving Face” (HBO), which chronicles the lives of survivors of acid violence, won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Short, earning Pakistan’s first Academy Award. “A Girl in the River: The Price for Forgiveness” (HBO), which delves into honor killings in Pakistan, won the 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

Her additional projects include “Song of Lahore,” “Saving Face,” “Peace Keepers” and “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret.”

In 2013, the Canadian government awarded Obaid-Chinoy a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films, and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. In 2017, the International Center for Journalists awarded her the Knight International Journalism Award for her work that led to legislative change, according to the news release.

In 2012, Time Magazine included Obaid-Chinoy in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year the Pakistani government awarded her with its highest civil honor, Hilal-e-Imtiaz.

Obaid-Chinoy became in 2017 was the first artist to co-chair the World Economic Forum at Davos. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and two master’s degrees from Stanford University. In 2018, Smith College awarded her an honorary degree in fine arts.

The New Yorker did an interesting in-depth feature on her last year that you can read here.

“Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. ‘Sitara’ embodies that struggle; it is the story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of it,” Obaid-Chinoy said in a statement. “For me, ‘Sitara’ is more than a film, it is a movement that we want to start across the world, that encourages parents to invest in their girls’ dreams, freeing their daughters from the burdens of early marriage.”

“Sitara: Let Girls Dream” will join a growing slate of Netflix animated titles for families, which includes feature films “Klaus” from Sergio Pablos, launching Nov. 15 on the streaming service, as well as “The Willoughbys” from Kris Pearn and “Over The Moon” from Glen Keane in 2020.

Netflix’s growing slate of animated series from all over the world includes “Dragons: Rescue Riders” from DreamWorks Animation, “Dino Girl Gauko” from Akira Shigino, “Kid Cosmic” from Craig McCracken, “Trash Truck” from Max Keane, “City of Ghosts” from Elizabeth Ito, “Centaurworld” from Megan Nicole Dong, “Maya and the Three” from Jorge Gutierrez, “Battle Kitty” from Matt Layzell, and “Mama K’s Team 4” from Malenga Mulendema.


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