Shepard ’97 talks about reporting in Pakistan

By Caroline MacNeille '16

[Sadia Shepard '97] Sadia Shepherd '97, writer, filmmaker and producer, contributed to the panel ‘Reporting in Pakistan: What You Aren’t Hearing’ at George Washington University in February.

After receiving her BA from Wesleyan, Sadia earned an MA from Stanford and was a Fulbright scholar to India in 2001. She produced ‘The September Issue’ which won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In 2008, she wrote The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir. Her documentary series The Other Half of Tomorrow looks at contemporary Pakistan through the eyes of female artists, activist athletes, educators and politicians.

Washington DC - [a panel] called ‘Reporting in Pakistan: What You Aren’t Hearing’ included Declan Walsh, the Pakistani Bureau Chief for The New York Times, Sadia Shepard, a filmmaker and producer/director of the documentary series ‘The Other Half of Tomorrow’, and Richard Leiby, who is the former Pakistani Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. Azmat Khan from Al Jazeera moderated the panel.

Sadia discusses her NPR story Pakistani Lesbians Live In Secret: Love In Silence. “There was just no place for her in the country, but she didn’t want to leave. She wanted to be a human rights lawyer in Pakistan. She had the means to leave… Five years later she had married a man, but they divorced within six months.”

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