The upcoming Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s short-film is all set for a 2020 release date. Oscar Winner for Saving Face (2012) is highlighting issues related to women in Pakistan yet again. Her latest Netflix original Sitara: Let Girls Dream, has scored 3 awards at the L.A Animation Festival 2019. It is about a 14-year old girl who is being forced into marrying someone.
What is Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s “Sitara: Let Girls Dream” about?
The story of Sitara revolves around Pari. She is a 14-year old who dreams of becoming a pilot. The problem is, she can only dream about it. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Pari is facing the very common Child Marriage issue. Her father’s decision to marry her off at an early age will deprive her of ever pursuing the dreams again.
L.A Animation Festival 2019 saw Sharmeen Obaid talk about Netflix’s Sitara: Let Girls Dream. The director of Academy Award-winning film had this to say:
I’ve always wanted to tell this story (Sitara) without any dialogue. I’ve always wanted the music and expressions to drive the story. I didn’t want it to be black and white. The father thinks what he’s doing is duty. The son does not think that. You see him put his arm around his sister.
Sitara: Let Girls Dream Wins 3 separate Awards
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s latest Netflix animation Sitara has already won three 3 separate awards at the Festival. One for best screenplay, the second is a Humanitarian award and another for best music score. The creator of Grammy-winning album, Ask Your Mama, helped Sharmeen Obaid score the awards. Laura Karpman’s music gives life to Sitara and that is exactly what the director was looking for.
It is the first time Netflix is producing and distributing a Pakistani animation and is set for a March 2020 release date. The ending will surprise you and I think you will like it. Sitara will be available on Netflix and in 109 countries.