Last night was a triumphant night for Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Not only did she win her second Oscar — this one for her short feature documentary "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," which documents the healing process of a survivor of an attempted honor killing in Pakistan — she also delivered a strong speech about the power of women and film and making change in her home country. Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif screened the film at his residence in Islamabad and reiterated his commitment to ending the practice of "honor" killings in Pakistan.
But not everyone was happy with her win. Shortly after her speech, criticism of Obaid-Chinoy began circulating online under the hashtag #WeDisownSharmeen, the major criticisms being her production of documentaries that, according to her critics, only show the negative side of Pakistan and the supposed overshadowing of other praise-worthy Pakistanis in favor of Obaid-Chinoy.
Once the hashtag began trending in several countries, Obaid-Chinoy's supporters took to her defense, chastising her critics and applauding her for giving voice to the voiceless.
"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" will premiere March 7 at 9 p.m. on HBO.