5 Female Pakistani Filmmakers Who Blew The Whistle On Pakistani Cinema

Pakistani new-age women filmmakers have proved themselves to be as talented as men filmmakers.

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It is a known fact that men dominate the film industry all around the globe. When it comes to female filmmakers, they face a lot of challenges to get the same recognition or opportunities as their male counterparts.

However, as the Pakistani film industry grows out of its stagnancy, Pakistani new-age women filmmakers have proved themselves to be as talented as men filmmakers and have been making waves for quite some time.

Here we have jotted down five female directors who have changed the way filmmaking worked in the country.

1. Mehreen Jabbar

Mehreen Jabbar is a prolific television and film director whose name people associate the most with TV dramas like Jackson Heights. As for films, Ramchand Pakistani and Dobara Phir Se have garnered rave reviews globally. With her massively loved projects, she has proved her diversity in filmmaking! 

2. Sabiha Sumar

Filmmaker Sabiha Sumar has been a name that is massively respected in the field. Her debut feature film, Khamosh Pani, was a cross-border collaboration and a multi-award-winning film.

3. Afia Nathaniel

American-Pakistani filmmaker Afia Nathaniel, is a name that many associates with her debut directorial feature film, Dukhtar. The film premiered in Toronto in 2014, becoming Pakistan’s Official Submission for A Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. With her work, she has proved that Pakistani female filmmakers can bring the winds of change with their storytelling!

4. Sharmeen Obaid–Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid–Chinoy is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist for her documentaries, Saving Face (2011) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).

Sharmeen is the first Pakistani filmmaker to be recognized on the global front with an Academy Award and has three Emmy Awards to her name.

Although she has primarily focused on documentaries, her animated feature series, such as 3 Bahadur, has changed how animation was looked at in the country.

5. Iram Parveen Bilal

Filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal, the writer, co-producer, and director of the film Josh: Independence Through Unity, has changed how female-centric films were looked at. Iram Parveen Bilal has uplifted the standards of the film industry with her incredible work!

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