NetflixÂ will release the animated shortÂ Sitara: Let Girls Dream from two-time Oscar winner and three-time Emmy award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on 8th March.
The animated short film tells the story of Pari, a 14-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a pilot while growing up in a society that doesnâ€™t allow her to dream. Narrated through the perspective of Pariâ€™s younger sister â€” Mehr â€” it is a silent film that reflects the struggle of girls in a suffocating society.
Written by Sharmeen herself, Sitara is more than a film for the director. â€œFor me, Sitara is more than a film, it is a movement that we want to start across the world, that encourages parents to invest in their girlsâ€™ dreams, encouraging them to free their girls from the burdens of early marriage,â€ Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said.
The short film premiered in theaters in New York last year, while it was also screened at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 where it won three awards. Recently, Gucci hosted a special â€˜Chime For Changeâ€™ film screening at the Sundance Film Festival, in connection to their campaign titled #LetGirlsDream, where the brand screened Sitara: Let Girls Dream.
The short film will be Pakistanâ€™s first animated project to make it to the Netflix that will be available in over 190 countries in March.