Nov. 15: Oscar winner shows clips, talks on human rights

By Emma Epperly, Undergraduate Education

sharmeen-obaid-chinoyPULLMAN, Wash. – Academy Award-winning documentary director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will show film clips at a free, public presentation about human rights at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Beasley Coliseum.

Through her Pakistani production house SOC Films, Obaid-Chinoy makes films that include “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” (2015 Oscar winner), “Saving Face” (2012 Oscar winner) and “Pakistan’s Taliban Generation” (2009 international Emmy Award winner).

Her most recent release, “Song of Lahore,” follows a group of musicians as they travel from Pakistan to perform in New York City. Other work has focused on Bangladeshi women soldiers deployed as peacekeepers in Haiti, the plight of Iraqi exiles and transgendered persons in Pakistan. She has founded a center focusing on the preservation of Pakistan’s cultural and social heritage.

Obaid-Chinoy’s presentation is sponsored by the WSU Student Entertainment Board in collaboration with Global Campus and the common reading program. This year’s common reading is “I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.” Learn more at


News media contacts:
Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU undergraduate education communications, 509-335-9458,


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