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14 Oct

Sharmeen’s very short story on Qandeel Baloch

Those are not our words, though they may as well have been because Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s ‘documentary’ is actually a small 90 seconds long video clip. It’s even titled ‘Qandeel Baloch: A Very Short Story’.

To clear it out for everyone, Chinoy is not making a feature length film on the slain internet star and this is all there is to it. The film debuted at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in a special segment introduced by Global Citizen Founder and CEO Hugh Evans, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault, and actor and advocate Jada Pinkett Smith, who highlighted CHIME FOR CHANGE and Global Citizen’s commitment to campaigning efforts in partnership with Equality Now to end honor killings in Pakistan.

While that is a commendable feat in itself, what made the short film even more popular is the fact that Madonna narrated the clip. She took to Facebook to applaud Chinoy’s efforts:

“Proud to narrate my friend #SharmeenObaidChinoy’s latest film about Qandeel Baloch, the Pakistani social media star who was murdered by her brother in an “honor killing.” The Pakistan government finally just passed the#antihonorkilling bill, closing the loophole that allowed killers to walk free! ? So good to see positive change happen in the world. Too bad Qandeel and so many others had to die first. Today is the. ?. #DayoftheGirl Chime for Change #GCFestival. Watch the film here: http://ichime.in/2dsAbZV ” -Madonna.

 

Staff Reporter