Last month, Pakistani animated short, Sitara: Let Girls Dream, written and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, premiered in New York. Following the life of a fourteen-year-old girl, Pari, who wishes to become a pilot, the animated film is all set to release on Netflix next year, according to recent reports. Pakistan’s first animated project to make it to Netflix, Sitara will be available in over 190 countries while it will be distributed by Netflix USA.
“Waadi Animations is proud to create an animated short that is at par with the best of the world and we are delighted that Sitara will be available to a global audience on Netflix,” Sharmeen said in a press statement. “We hope it will lead to thoughtful discussions as we also begin screening the film in schools and community centers around the world. We strongly believe that investing in the dreams of young girls will lead to a more equitable world.”
The fifteen-minute long short, Sitara takes viewers on a journey through the old city of Lahore, where Pari dreams of becoming a pilot; her story is told from the perspective of her younger sister, the six-year-old Mehr. It is a silent movie with no dialogues and highlights how burdens of a family and the impact of culture stop girls from realizing their dreams.