This video shows a scene from a Pakistani movie released in 2018
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple posts on Twitter and Facebook that claim it shows a Pakistani mother refusing to allow a polio vaccinator to vaccinate her child. The claim is false; the video shows a scene from a Pakistani romantic comedy film released in 2018.
The video was published on Twitter here on January 14, 2020 by Tarek Fatah, a prominent Pakistani-Canadian author. The tweet, which has since been deleted, was liked more than 6,300 times and retweeted more than 2,600 times.
The post’s caption reads: “Pakistani mother slams the door shut in the face of Polio workers. Screams at the two female volunteers: "I will never ever allow my children to take these drops. Never never will my kids drink these drops. Never.""
Below is a screenshot of the misleading tweet:
The video in the misleading posts shows a scene that corresponds with the full film from the 34-minute 26-second mark to the 35-minute 18-second mark.
Below are screenshots comparing keyframes from the movie (L) and the misleading footage, which was filmed from a slightly different angle (R):
The actress who played the vaccinator, Mehwish Hayat, also said the footage in the misleading posts shows a scene from her film.
In a tweet replying to Fatah’s misleading Twitter post, Hayat stated: “Thank u for giving ur 2 cents on this but pls first verify the source b4 posting next time. It’s a scene frm my movie”loadwedding”,the polio worker is me & that woman an actress.Through the film we were raising awareness of the issue.Glad 2 see our performances were so convincing.”
Thank u for giving ur 2 cents on this but pls first verify the source b4 posting next time. It’s a scene frm my movie”loadwedding”,the polio worker is me & that woman an actress.Through the film we were raising awareness of the issue.Glad 2 see our performances were so convincing https://t.co/ididoJJcxL— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) January 15, 2020
Pakistan remains one of just three countries to have not totally eradicated the disease. The country recorded 136 cases of polio last year, a sharp increase from the 12 cases in 2018, according to Pakistani authorities and the World Health Organization, AFP reported here.