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Sharmeen Obaid’s documentary on Qandeel Baloch makes it to America’s largest film festival

Two times Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has once again impressed the world with her thoughtful and socially motivated content, only this time, she has covered the story of Qandeel Baloch and her social media chronicles.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Films’ latest documentary, ‘A Life Too Short’ just debuted at the 11th edition of DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival.

Nominated under the category ‘Short List: Shorts,’ the section shows a selection that the festival’s programming team considers to be the strongest contenders for Oscars and other awards.

Directed by Safyah Zafar Usman, co-directed by Saad Zuberi, and produced by SOC Films, the documentary highlights the social evil of honor killing. It revolves around the life of the social media star Qandeel Baloch, who pushed the boundaries of a conservative, small-minded Pakistan and openly challenged its orthodox principles.

“Making A Life Too Short has been a labour of love for more than three years and now that it’s ready to go out into the world, I am both nervous and excited”, said Safyah. 

“Undoubtedly, Qandeel had big dreams and the courage to create her own identity but I am left terrified every time I realize that not all women amongst us can afford the basic right to choose to live however they want. Yet I live for the day when there won’t be a price to pay should a woman choose to follow her heart”, the director added.

The winner of this year’s DOC NYC’s short will be considered in the ‘Documentary Short Subject’ category of the Annual Academy Awards in 2021, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film is in accordance with the Academy rules.

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