Saving Face (documentary)

Saving Face is a 2011 documentary film about acid attacks on women. The film was directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge. The film has been nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary , making director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Pakistan’s first Oscar nominee

The film follows London-based Pakistani plastic surgeon, Dr. Muhammad Jawad, as he journeys to Pakistan to perform reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid violence. Saving Face also broaches the subject of the under-reporting of acid violence due to cultural and structural inequalities towards women. [5] The film also features two women attacked by acid and their struggle for justice and healing. Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan, which is featured in the film, had documented over 100 acid attacks a year in Pakistan but estimates far more due to lack of reporting.

Obaid-Chinoy has also stated that the film is “a positive story about Pakistan on two accounts: firstly, it portrays how a Pakistani-British doctor comes to treat them and it also discusses, in great depth, the parliament’s decision to pass a bill on acid violence”. Obaid-Chinoy has also said that the film assisted in the trial and conviction of one of the perpretrators of acid violence on a female victim.

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