Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who has won the Academy Award and Emmy Award two and three times, respectively, collaborated with Gucci’s Chime For Change to initiate the #LetGirlsDream campaign. The campaign is an advocacy of Girls Not Brides and Equality Now’s vigor against child marriage. Sitara is an animated, silent short film, based around the story of Pari, a girl who is forced into child marriage and is unable to realize her dream of being a pilot.
Child marriage is a global dilemma; every year 12 million girls become a victim of child marriage and forego their right to education, their dreams and aspirations. With the film Sitara, #LetGirlsDream is a campaign introduced by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Gucci’s Chime For Change, alongside LetGirlsDream.org, where visitors can share their own dreams to inspire others and create awareness about child marriage.
The movement has already become enormous, with people including Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele, President and CEO of Gucci Marco Bizzarri, singer and actress Lou Doillon, model and actress Elle Fanning, model and activist Bethann Hardison, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, CEO of Women Deliver Katja Iversen, actress, model and entrepreneur Neelofa, editor and publisher Elise by Olsen, actress Saoirse Ronan, model and actress Jodie Turner-Smith, musician Alison Wonderland, visual artist John Yuyi, and acid attack survivors from Hothur Foundation, girls and women from mothers2mothers, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Lower East Side Girls Club, already voicing their ambitions.
The film Sitara: Let Girls Dream, was premiered on the International Day of the Girl Child, accompanied by a discussion with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Executive Producers Gloria Steinem and Ariel Wengroff, producer Imke Fehrmann, and composer Laura Karpman. Gucci and Chime For Change hosted the event which was moderated by Kimberly Drew.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is also a CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board Member, said, “Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. SITARA embodies that struggle; it is the story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of it. For 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 girls’ dreams, freeing their daughters from the burdens of early marriage.”