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Saving Face

Saving Face

Original Title: Saving Face
Director: Daniel JungeSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Pakistan, USA | English, Urdu
2012 | 52min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: HDCAM
Pakistan’s first-ever Oscar-winner, Saving Face sheds light on the horrors of a very prevalent, yet little discussed, facet of the country’s gender dynamics: acid attacks, where perpetrators pour acid on their victims, usually on their faces, as a form of punishment for transgressions, real or bogus. The victims are overwhelmingly women, attacked and disfigured by their husbands in the name of preserving honour. Saving Face showcases the lives of acid-attack survivors and their phenomenal struggle for justice, dignity and emancipation. The moving documentary starts with well-known UK-based plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad’s trip to Pakistan, where he was born and trained as a doctor, to perform facial reconstructive surgery on acid-attack survivors. For Dr. Jawad, the journey also symbolises personal redemption: a Pakistani offering these disfigured women, society’s outcasts, a new lease on life.

At the core of this journey lie the stories of two of his patients: 39-year-old Zakia, attacked after filing for divorce, strives to find justice with the help of a heroic lawyer. 23-year-old Rukhsana, meanwhile, leads a life of forced reconciliation with her husband and her in-laws after they attacked her.

Saving Face provides an intimate portrait of these two women, and others, all of whom bravely stepped forward to tell their stories, in the hopes that, by raising awareness, they will help to save other women from a similar fate.

– Özge Calafato

Director,  Daniel Junge, 

Director,  Daniel Junge

Daniel Junge was born in the United States. His first documentary feature, Chiefs (2002), won the Grand Jury Prize at Tribeca, and he received an Emmy nomination for They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was born in Pakistan. She has made more than a dozen multi-award-winning films and in 2012 was named in as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Cast and Crew

Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Production Company
Jungefilm, Milkhaus, HBO
Gunnard Doboze
Davis Coombe, Daniel Junge, Alison Greenberg, Sabiha Sumar, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins
Davis Coombe, Hemal Trivedi
Asad Faruqi, Aaron Kopp, Daniel Junge, Martina Radwan
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