India Premiere of the Academy Award-Winning Documentary 'Saving Face'


Join us for the India premiere (Delhi screening) of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary, Saving Face, with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (the film's co-director and the first Pakistani ever to win an Oscar), in conversation with filmmaker Ashvin Kumar.

About Saving Face: Every year in Pakistan, many people — the majority of them women — are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or someone else close to the victim, receive minimal if any punishment from the state.

Zakia is a 39-year old woman who had acid thrown on her by her husband after filing for divorce. She strives to find justice, alleviate pain and restore functioning and features to her face. Rukhsana is a 23-year old woman who was attacked by her husband and in-laws and forced to reconcile with them. Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad left the prominence of his London practice to return to his home country and help the victims of such attacks. Saving Face chronicles the lives of Zakia and Rukhsana as they attempt to bring their assailants to justice and move on with their lives. The women are supported by NGOs, sympathetic policymakers, and skilled doctors, such as the Acid Survivors Foundation-Pakistan, Dr. Mohammad Jawad, attorney Ms. Sarkar Abbass who fights Zakia’s case, and female politician Marvi Memon who advocates for new legislation. The film follows their personal stories and that of the nation of Pakistan as it attempts to tackle this horrific social problem.

Saving Face is directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge. It was the winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Documentary (Short Subject).

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Emmy and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who was named one of Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012. She has worked in over 10 countries to produce internationally acclaimed films including Pakistan’s Taliban Generation, which is the recipient of the Alfred I Dupont Award and the Association for International Broadcasting award. Her other films include Afghanistan Unveiled and a series of documentaries for Channel 4 for which she was awarded Broadcast Journalist of the Year by One World Media, UK. She is the first non-American to receive the Livingston Award for International Reporting and is a TED Senior fellow. Sharmeen was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and currently lives there with her husband and daughter. She is also a Fellow of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative.

Ashvin Kumar is the youngest Indian writer-director with an Academy Award Oscar nomination, and is also the first Indian to be nominated at the European Film Academy with his film Little Terrorist, which has been part of official selections to over 130 film festivals, winning awards in 25 of them, including the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) LA. His other films include Inshallah Football and The Forest. He is a voting member of the European Film Academy, and teaches filmmaking through the workshop Story to Screen.

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This event is a part of the Women of Asia series, which promotes the collaboration and leadership of accomplished women through a range of informative and network building forums that facilitate the sharing of best practices, critical issues and personal experiences.

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Related Links:
Asia Blog interview with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Q & A with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge

Event Details

Mon 23 Jul 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
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