Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy hosted the premiere of her latest animated short film, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM at Nueplex Cinemas in Karachi on 9th March 2020. SITARA was released on International Women’s Day [8th March 2020] on Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, in over 190 countries. Indeed, SITARA is the first Pakistani Animated Film to be released and distributed by NETFLIX USA.

Written and directed Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore, where a fourteen-year-old girl named Pari, dreams of becoming a pilot. Her story is told from the perspective of her younger sister, Mehr, and portrays the impact of culture and the burdens of a family where girls still struggle to fully realize their dreams. SITARA is a silent film [no dialogues] that embodies this conflict.

The premiere was attended by personalities such as Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir, President & CEO HBL Muhammad Aurangzeb, Founder & President ARY Digital Network Salman Iqbal, CEO ARY Digital Network JerjeesSeja, actors Ayesha Omar, Sanam Saeed, Adeel Hussain, Ushna Shah, and Zahid Ahmed, musician Jimmy Khan, film director Saqib Malik, fashion designers SafinazMuneer, FeehaJamshed andMaheen Khan, to name a few. Public relations for the premiere was done by Lotus PR.

SITARA had earlier won three awards at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 in North Hollywood in December 2019 in the categories of best Produced Screenplay, Best Music Score and the humanitarian Award.


The music for SITARA has been composed by Grammy and Emmy Award-Winning composer Laura Karpman. Produced by VICE Studios, the film’s Executive Producers include Gloria Steinem, the iconic women’s rights activist, Darla Anderson, the Academy Award-winning producer of Coco and Toy Story 3, VICE Media Group’s CEO Nancy Dubuc, and Emmy-nominated Ariel Wengroff as well as Chinoy’sown animation production studio, Waadi Animations with ImkeFehrmann as the producer ofSITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM.