12th Annual NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL
May 23-27, 2012
Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret
Sunday, May 27, 2012, 12:30 pm, Theatre 2, Tribeca Cinemas.
Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret Directed by Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy
Pakistan 2011. 54 mins. Urdu, English (with English subtitles)
Many among Pakistan's transgender community scrape a living through dancing, singing and begging on the streets of Karachi. Others earn money catering for the sexual needs of men. Thrown out by their families, they find their way to the tougher parts of the city where, hidden from the conservative mainstream, groups of outcast transgenders have created a secret world of their own.
Saving Face Directed By Daniel Junge AND Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy
Pakistan 2012. 40 mins. Urdu (with English subtitles)
Winner 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Short
Every year in Pakistan, many people are victimized by brutal acid attacks. The majority of these are women, and many MORE cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred, while many reported assailants – typically a husband or someone close to the victim – are let go with minimal punishment from the state. Saving Face tells the stories of two acid- attack survivors: Zakia and Rukhsana, their arduous attempts to bringtheir assailants to justice, and the charitable work of London-based, Pakistani-born plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who strives to help these women put this horrific act behind them and move on with their lives. Saving Face is an intimate look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each women's personal journey while showing how reformers are tackling this vexing problem.Saving Face is the 2012 Academy Award Winner for Documentary (Short).
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She was the recipient of the Alfred I Dupont Award as well as The Association for International Broadcasting award. Sharmeen has made over a dozen-multi award winning films in over 10 countries around the world and is the first non-American to be awarded the Livingston Award for best international reporting and is a TED Senior Fellow. In 2007, Sharmeen was awarded the broadcast journalist of the year award in the UK by One World Media for her work in a series of documentary films for Channel 4, which included a film about xenophobia in South Africa The New Apartheid. Sharmeen's work centers around human rights and women's issues and she has worked with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor Leste to the Philippines. Sharmeen was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and received a bachelor's degree from Smith College and two masters degree from Stanford University.
Daniel Junge is an Oscar award winning documentary filmmaker. His first feature-length film, CHIEFS, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS. His subsequent feature, IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on over 50 broadcasters worldwide including PBS and the BBC. THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, his third feature film, won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival before broadcasting on HBO and earning a 2010 Emmy nomination for Best Investigative Journalism. Junge's film THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2010. Junge lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter and large dog.