Filmmaker to Discuss The Lost Generation
On Thursday, April 10,
filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02
will visit Smith for a screening of and discussion about
her most recent film The Lost Generation, a documentary
about middle-class Iraqis who have been driven from their
homes by war and sectarian bloodshed.
The free screening begins at 8:30 p.m. in McConnell Hall
B05, followed by an audience discussion with Obaid-Chonoy.
In the film, Obaid-Chinoy
interviews Iraqi professionals living in desperate circumstances
in Syria and Jordan—individuals
in a sea of 4 million who have fled Iraq’s violence
and civil breakdown.
Obaid-Chinoy, a native of Pakistan, began her career in
documentary filmmaking after reporting on Afghani refugee
children in Pakistan. Their dire situation and compelling
stories prompted her return to Pakistan to document their
lives as refugees. (Smith College and the New York Times contributed
funding for her training and equipment.)
The resultant film, Terror’s Children,
won her the Overseas Press Club Award, the American Women
in Radio and Television Award, and the South Asian Journalist
Association Award. Since then, Obaid-Chinoy has produced
and reported on more than 12 films around the world. She
is the first non-American journalist to be awarded the prestigious
Livingston Award, and the youngest recipient of the One World
Media “Broadcast Journalist of the Year” Award.
Born in Karachi, Obaid-Chinoy
was the first woman in her family to receive a western
education. She graduated from Smith with a bachelor of
arts degree in economics and government, and completed
master’s degrees in international policy
studies and communication at Stanford University.