Pakistan's first animated kids' film packs subversive punch

Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on giving Pakistani kids animated heroes to cheer for with Teen Bahadur.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's film Teen Bahadur is the first animated feature film to be made in Pakistan. (socfilms.com)

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has crafted cutting-edge journalism, has won Oscar and Emmy awards, and has been named one of the most influential people in the world. Against that backdrop, her latest project may look like child's play — but don't be fooled. 

The celebrated director joins Shad to discuss her new children's film Teen Bahadur (3 Brave Friends) and why giving the children of Pakistan their own big budget animated film is a culturally subversive act. 

"I can get away with saying so much more in animation than I can in documentary film," she says, adding that the girl hero in the group can outrun all the boys.

"We wanted her to have the freedom of movement." 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, left, and Daniel Junge pose with their awards for best documentary short. In 2012, their documentary, "Saving Face" told the story of female victims of acid attacks in Pakistan. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)


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