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||IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 from votes
||Release: 8 March 2012 (USA) /
||Genre: Documentary, Drama, Short
||Stars: Mohammad Jawad
||Synopsis: Every year hundreds of people -- mostly women -- are attacked with acid in Pakistan. SAVING FACE follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has returned to his homeland to help them restore their faces and their lives. Written by Anonymous
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I doubt anything shown on TV in the month of March will be as haunting
or as oppressing as Saving Face, which took home the award for Best
Documentary Short at The 84th Academy Awards - the first award given to
a film from Pakistan. The film's subject matter is touchy, but its
delivery is more than commendable. It tells the depressing stories of
women who have been victim to acid attacks in Pakistan, yet offers
optimism and hope that justice will be served at one point in time.
We're taken to Islamabad, where we are informed that hundreds of women
are victim to acid attacks each year, and many are left unreported. One
of the women, named Zakia, must resort to walking around town with her
face wrapped in a sheet, with her eyes behind sunglasses. She states
that her husband was a drug addict and an alcoholic who would suck up
all her money. When there was no more money, she'd be abused and deemed
lazy. It wasn't long until her husband dowsed her in acid leaving
almost half of her face in unprecedented condition.
Another woman, this one pregnant, by the name of Rukhsana, stated that
her husband threw acid on her face, followed by being soaked with
gasoline by her sister-in-law, before being lit on fire by her
mother-in-law. The husband, now in prison, states that she lit herself
aflame, and that half the women in the Islamabad burn unit have done
such an act to themselves. It's more than unforgivable to commit a
crime of this magnitude, and then to say that the victim committed an
act of self-harm.
The film not only follows the lives of these women, letting them tell
their stories the way they want them to be told, but also focuses on
Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a plastic surgeon working in London who travels
back to his homeland to operate on victims of acid attacks. Jawad is an
admirable figure, one who speaks softly and is clearly proud of his
contribution to the women of Islamabad.
So many Academy Award winning shorts are left unseen, and thanks to
HBO, which will be airing this short all through the month of March,
that will not be the case with Saving Face. This is a remarkable
documentary, one that could've easily been of feature film status,
depicting inequalities between men and women in separate countries. One
of the most painful lines to hear in the film is when Rukhsana states
that she hopes she gives birth to a boy so that his adult life won't be
as ominous and as consumed with fear as one a woman must endure.
Saving Face is inconceivable and brilliant in its efforts to document a
crime largely unknown to Americans. Sadly, the attacks are starting to
take place around the globe. I remember seeing a TV special talking
about an English model named Katie Piper, whose acid attack left her
face very rigid, rough, and irreversible. The thought of people
resorting to the level of permanent facial damage to a woman is
depressing to imagine, most likely immensely disheartening to
experience, and impossible to justify. Thankfully, we have
documentaries like this one to inform and enlighten us.
Starring: Zakia, Rukhsana, and Dr. Mohammad Jawad. Directed by:
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and Daniel Junge.
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