Posted on January 9, 2007
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43 responses to “Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: In Toronto’s Top 10”

  1. steve says:

    I mostly agree with Rasheed, but think that she doesn’t need warning. She knows exactly what she’s doing, and she’s doing very well out of it thank-you. The documentary business is like all the others it’s fiercely competitive. She is pictured above all cool, holding the tool of her trade. FAKE. Anyone could do it (what she does) and many much better.

    Being in the business I make it my business to watch everything made about Pakistan. The problem with this is that it’s just not very good. At best nothing we don’t already know, and at worse stereotyping and exaggeration for effect. She is never at risk any more than is John Simpson, only the crew who you never get to hear about are ever at risk. She like so many other documentary makers spend not one second longer in the country than they need to get the job done. Is it better than nothing? Why is nothing the alternative, anyone really think there couldn’t be better than this???

  2. Fatpurse says:

    Rasheed, what you have pointed towards does make sense.

  3. Rasheed says:

    Trying here not to take away from the achievements of Ms. Chinoy, and while it is great to see a young Pakistani get recognized, I would caution against ignoring another possible trend: where the west welcomes Muslims, especially younger beautiful women to criticize their own and expose our weaknesses to the world and recognizes them for these “courageous” acts.

    Presentations of most such works are prefaced by how courageous it was for this or that woman to speak out in spite of an oppressive Muslim society where women cannot speak out and so on and so forth. I wonder how successful Ms. Chinoy would be in airing a film in the west exposing their hypocricy in the hatefully and criminally anti-Muslim US foreign policy and in their so-called war on terror.

    Iranian Christianne Amanpour, married to Richard Boucher, if I’m not mistaken, is given great stature in the west; The Afghan woman Saira Shah who aired “Beneath the Veil” on CNN and now Ms. Chinoy. There are probably many more. And I don’t know where “Chinoy” comes from – hopefully not Mike Chinoy of CNN! – nothing particularly against Mike :)

    If this forum has Ms. Chinoy’s ear I’d like to caution her against being used by the West for their own agenda. I know this might sound less than flattering, but when it happens, it happens very gradually and one doesn’t realize how easily one slides off. I’ve experienced some of this in my local media.

    With all that said, congratulations on the good work, which, no doubt does take talent and courage to put together!