Twitter alert: Pakistan stands proud at Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s win

Published: February 27, 2012
Twitterati congratulates Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on winning an Oscar for Short Documentary. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Twitterati congratulates Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on winning an Oscar for Short Documentary. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

While many remain glued to the announcements of best director, actor and picture at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, a single golden statue changed the headlines for Pakistan.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge won the Oscar for their documentary Saving Face under the category ‘Best Documentary, Short Subject’.

Such was jubilation that Saving Face trended world wide. Some of that jubilation is featured below.

Sabahat MS

Saving Face is trending world wide on #1!!#savingface #SharmeenObaidChinoy #Pakistan#Oscars @sharmeenochinoy


Congrats #SharmeenObaidChinoy and congratulations #Pakistan this is a great day for our nation!!!! We are so proud today! Alhamdolillah!

Hajra HafeezurRehman

To all the women in Pakistan who are working for change, don’t give up your dreams, this is for you#SharmeenObaidChinoy #Oscars @Pakistan


Such a proud moment…all teary…so so happy…pakistan is proud of her daughter sharmeen!!!!#SavingFace #Pakistan#SharmeenObaidChinoy

Mahjabeen Mankani

Oh my god oh my god! #SharmeenObaidChinoy #SavingFace#Oscars best moment ever!!

Sahar Shaikh

#sharmeenobaidchinoy now my moms new role model :)

Emaad Shamsi

Did anyone else start jumping up and down when #SavingFace won at the #oscars? So happy for #SharmeenObaidChinoy! #proudtobepakistani

Anthony Galli

Congratulations to #SharmeenObaidChinoy for the #Oscar win! May this bode well for #Pakistan as a whole.

Danish Khan

Once again congrats to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy! I hope the Oscar will increase awareness & reform the social cause #SavingFacehighlights.

Anthony Permal

Important notice from Twitter: @sharmeenochinoy‘s twitter handle may collapse from being awesomely blessed by 180 million ppl in#Pakistan


After being the first non-American to get a Living Stone award,@sharmeenochinoy wins a #Oscar for Saving Face #Pakistan#PakPositive

Azmat Khan ‏

To all the women in Pakistan working for your dreams, this is for you.”@sharmeenochinoy accepting her Oscar.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Hearty congratulations.

    It’s no mean feat. may you succeed equally well in your future films too. You inspire me.


  • Mohammad
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Congrats to everyone, you got a good thing by showing bad things about Pakistan…’s not the proudest moment for Pakistanis.


  • Basil Nabi Malik
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:49AM

    @ Mohammad- Actually, the documentary shows the positive side of how Pakistanis are fighting against these crimes and how they are dedicated to a better Pakistan. That, in my opinion, is getting a good thing by showing another good thing.


  • zehra
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:51AM

    omg!! this is not an anti pakistan documentry, it is how resilient and passionalte we are, if one hand destroy the other hand rises up to heal!!! how a pakistan doctor came back to pakistan to give back to his country and cured a woman who had her face burnt!! it is more so on a fact that pakistan is like any other country good and bad comes in parcels but the bad doesnt deter the good and good truimphs evil!!


  • Pakistani Farm owner
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:55AM

    Dude. Documentaries are supposed to reveal bitter truth. We have gotten the message and hopefully the policy makers will do something about it.
    No American documentary will reveal good things about America trust me.
    This oscar award has shown Pakistani women that sky is the limit for them


  • smssr84
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:02PM

    haha… my twit is there too!!…. It was an awesome moment when she won!!…. Literally I was shivering… as if I won it!!…. amazing feeling… and amazing achievement for Sharmeen & Pakistan!! …. Thank you for making us proud!!


  • Waqas
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:05PM


    So you want us to close your eyes and ignore all bad things happening all around us?! And let them carry on?! How would you feel if such “bad” things happen to someone you know, would you still feel the same?!


  • ak
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Mr. Mohammad,

    The fact that acid attacks occur frequently is fact. Hiding it is not going to making it go away. The treatment of women in Pakistan must be exposed internationally: again and again and again, until justice prevails. Women’s bodies are their own and they are not responsible for the honor of their family or for the honor of Pakistan. Congratulations Sharmeen!


  • Zalim singh
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:31PM



  • Hunzai
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:02PM

    What an achievement. We Pakistanis should not be remembered for Terrorists but also for Oscar Winners. We are rich nation and Pakistanis like Sharmeen are gonna prove it soon.


  • Mujahid
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Hearty Congrats, great day for Pakistan, World should know that Pakistanis can do every thing and achieve. Hope we will win other awards in science, IT and other fields. We are not terrorists, we are peace loving people.


  • maz3tt
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:22PM

    other perspective : now as this documentary has been awarded Oscars everyone will try to watch it in Europe , US etc . now Pakistanis will grow from being terrorist to those who throw acid at there women. documentary could be excellently made. but I think it is just to give Pakistan popularity in other field also other then terrorism, backwardness ,

    At the end I must agree there are woman rights violation but there are lot of basic human rights violation for both man and woman due to jagirdari nizam .


  • Sana
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Its women like Sharmeen who make us so proudof whatever we are doing…indeed joyous for the women fighting for a cause…am proud of you sharmeen..!!


  • SS
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Congrats Sharmeen and Congrats Pakistan,
    Dear Sharmeen, thank you for making us proud lady, you are the real face of Pakistan :)


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 9:11PM

    The documentary ‘Saving Face’ focusing on British plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad’s return to his homeland to help victims of acid burns, was filmed at the Indus Hospital with all treatment provided to the patients free of cost. The management of The Indus Hospital is proud to be a part of this initiative and congratulates all individuals associated with this project for their milestone achievement and efforts aimed at highlighting the plight of burns victims in Pakistan.


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