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Alum 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.


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