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Sharmeen Obaid’s Film On Child Marriages Becomes Pakistan’s First Netflix Original

Two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM – a silent short animated film has become Pakistan’s first ever Netflix original.

According to a statement released by Sharmeen Obaid, the film which sheds light on the issue of child marriages in Pakistan has made its way to the most-used worldwide platform. The director said that she was proud to create an animated short film that was at par with the best of the world. “We are delighted that Sitara will be available to a global audience on Netflix. We strongly believe that investing in the dreams of young girls will lead to a more equitable world,” she added.

Sitara will be distributed by Netflix USA and it will be available in over 190 countries. The 15-minute silent short film tells the story of a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot.

The film earlier won three awards at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 in North Hollywood in the categories of Best Produced Screenplay, Best Music Score and the Humanitarian Award.

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