I recently spoke with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy about her Academy Award winning film Saving Face and of course—coffee, at the Women+Film Festival in Denver. She’s an avid coffee drinker and although I believe she would very much enjoy Novo’s San Sebastian from Huila, Colombia, that is not the coffee that I believe describes Sharmeen the best.
Sharmeen is the type of filmmaker who I have the utmost respect for. She is adamant about making films that give a voice to marginalized populations such as women and children and has a spirit of determination and perseverance that I find incredibly inspiring. Much like the Hartmann Geisha coffee that comes from Panama, Sharmeen has extraordinary character and is incredibly bright. In addition to a similar complexity and uniqueness, Sharmeen is undoubtedly of the Geisha coffee caliber that coffee connoisseurs drool over.
Every coffee drinker has a story. I make videos because I love learning about people’s passions and their creative process. Many creatives rely on coffee as a drug. They love what it does to their brain and how it’s a catalyst for creativity.
Coffee is complex. So are people. Drink up.
Saving Face documents the reconstructive work of Dr. Jawad on some of his patients who are victims of acid attacks in Pakistan. It also focuses on the stories of Rukhsana and Zakia and their efforts to overcome the legal, social and psychological repercussions of that violence. It airs on HBO on March 8 in the U.S. and Canada at 8:30p.m. ET. Take action: Visit the Acid Prevention Foundation, a non-for-profit featured in Saving Face at http://acidsurvivorspakistan.org/you-can-help.