KSBL held Eminent Speaker Series talk, conducted by the two-time Academy Award Winner, Pakistani journalist, activist and documentary maker Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. Through the art of story-telling, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy encapsulated her lifetime experiences and spoke about tribulations that she encountered throughout her successful career journey.
The auditorium was decked with participants from renowned institutions and professions. Mr. Muneer Kamal (CEO, KEI) and Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed (Dean, KSBL) also hosted the event. The session was organized by the Career Services Department and the Character-building Society of KSBL.
Speaking of her passion to pursue her dreams for journalism at an early age, she highlighted, “I was always zealous about following my dreams. It was at the age of 14 when I first wrote an article and then later at the age of 20 I got my first investigative report published.” She further elaborated that her father was her driving force throughout and always encouraged her to speak the truth. His support and Sharmeen’s vigor to make a positive difference, changed her perception towards the world.
While highlighting the darkest taboos prevailing in the societies of third world countries, she shared many of her documentaries with participants such as City of Guilt, The Lost Generation, Girls of Lyari, Saving Face and A Girl In The River, to name a few. Moreover she also shared about her recent mobile cinema initiative by her venture SOC Films that focuses on acquainting marginalized communities with films, music and animations.
Mr. Muneer Kamal (CEO, KEI) also praised Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for her accolades and remarkable accomplishments of her career. He specifically praised her for her valour in exposing the intimidating ground issues and agony that women are confronting in slums and regional areas of our society.
By the end of session Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed (Dean, KSBL), related how students can take inspiration from Ms. Chinoy’s success story. He said, “We knew about Saving Faces & A Girl In The River, but we were oblivious of impact it had in improving life of aggrieved and underprivileged women. At the end of the day it is always about taking charge of things in your circle of influence, despite of the limited resources. That’s when parameters are set and things start happening; and gradually the entire system advances towards improvement. This is what Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has proved through her accomplishments.”
Later Mr. Muneer Kamal and Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed presented her with the memento. An engaging Q&A marked the conclusion of the session.