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Sharmeen Obaid's latest animated series shines a light on child labour and abuse

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Shattering The Silence is a 4-part animated series which is also a social awareness campaign in Urdu.

SOC Films has always been committed to making content that's educational about social injustices.

In her latest animated series, Academy Award winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is focusing on raising awareness about the plight of children. Shattering the Silence is a 4-part animated series, a social awareness campaign in Urdu, which aims to critically engage audiences, and children specifically with real-life stories of child abuse.

The goal is also to educate them with the corresponding laws, the resources which can be accessed and the steps which can be taken if they, or any other children they know of, are forced into situations of marriage, labour, trafficking or physical abuse.

The first of these episodes is called 'Cheena Hua Bachpan' which is told through the character of a young girl trafficked into working at an influential family's home, where she's deprived of basic human rights such as education.

The film explores how and why this situation came to be legally defined as trafficking, as well recounting the emotional, mental and physical effects of working long hours as a domestic labourer and the resources and laws which ultimately protected and safeguarded her well-being.

Each short-film has been conceptualized, produced and directed by SOC Films and will be between 2 to 3 minutes long.

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