September 23, 2014

SHARMEEN OBAID CHINOY NAMED 2014 ASIA GAME CHANGER BY ASIA SOCIETY


SOC Films today announced that Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was named by Asia Society as a 2014 Asia Game Changer. The award recognizes those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was recognized for eye-opening films that give voice to the voiceless.

“Filmmaking is my way highlighting issues that affect marginalized populations who are caught in difficult circumstances,” said Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. “By giving a voice to those silenced by society and bringing their stories to television screens around the world, I hope to bring about change in communities.”

“The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a glaring gap—a lack of recognition of people who are transforming ideas into action and improving lives in Asia,” said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. “Our inaugural honorees represent an extraordinary range of geography and achievement. What they share in common are vision, passion and proven impact, wherever and however they happen to be changing the world.”

Honorees were selected based on input from Asia Society’s global network. The other 2014 Awardees are:
* Game Changer of the Year Jack Ma, Chairman, Alibaba Group, For history-making business and philanthropy in China
* Shigeru Ban, Founder, Shigeru Ban Architects, For finding beauty, and hope, in the landscapes of disaster
* Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder and CEO, Pratham Charitable Trust, For bringing the gift of literacy to millions of Indians
* Illac Diaz, Founder, MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light, For bringing light, literally, to so many lives
* Fashion Girls for Humanity, For demonstrating that 'looking good' and 'doing good' can be one and the same
* Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Minister and Senior Advisor to the Indonesian President, For providing a brilliant blueprint for responding to disaster
* Saad Mohseni, Chairman, MOBY Group, For bringing news, information and entertainment to a barren landscape
* Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen, For changing the way the world tackles poverty
* Playing for Change, For using the power of music to spread a global message of hope
* Pawan Sinha, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT,
For a truly visionary approach to treating India’s blind
* Malala Yousafzai, Education activist, For continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare
* Zhang Minxuan, Professor, Shanghai Normal University, For leveling the playing field by providing quality education to millions in China

The honorees will attend the Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration at the United Nations on October 16, 2014. Jack Ma, named Asia Game Changer of the Year, will give an address to the gathering. The evening will also feature a special video address from Malala Yousafzai and a live performance by Playing For Change.

More information about the awardees, including bios, and the October 16 event is available at AsiaSociety.org/GameChangers.

About SOC Films

SOC Films is a Karachi based film house specializing in investigative and socially motivated content. With Academy and Emmy award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy at its helm, SOC Films seeks to set a new standard for groundbreaking cinema that furthers the art of fiction and non-fiction story telling in Pakistan.

Through the induction of its Karachi office, SOC Films intends to groom a new generation of directors, producers and writers who will be equipped with the skills and training to produce quality films for both Pakistani and international audiences.

About the Asia Society
Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.
Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, major centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC.

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