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January 30th, 2012

Pakistan Film: Country’s First Oscar Nomination

January 27, 2012

Karachi, Pakistan.

A Pakistani film entitled SAVING FACE about survivors of acid attacks and the work of surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject.  Karachi-based director/producer Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and US-based director/producer received the nominations on Tuesday.

“Daniel and I are very excited about the nomination and are eager to share the story of Saving Face with the world.”

SAVING FACE follows Dr. Jawad, a London-based reconstructive surgeon as he travels to his home in Pakistan to operate on patients attacked with acid.  The film also features the stories of survivors of attacks, particularly two women, Zakia and Rukhsana – both from Punjab province – as they struggle to find justice and heal emotionally and physically.  The film also features the work of Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan (ASF), an Islamabad-based NGO aiding survivors of acid attacks.

“This is a double celebration for Pakistan,” said Jawad of the recognition.  “A first for Pakistani filmmaker and moreover highlighting this terrible problem and the work I’ve been fortunate to do with the issue.”

SAVING FACE director/producer Obaid Chinoy has quickly become one of Pakistan’s most decorated filmmakers.  Among her other award-winning films, PAKISTAN’S TALIBAN GENERATION won an Emmy Award in 2010.

Also producing the film is veteran Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar.  Sumar brought fame to Pakistan with her debut feature film Khamosh Pani which won 17 international awards including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival and Dinner with the President that won the Anasy Best Documentary award.

A host of other Pakistanis also worked on the film including the film’s cameraman – Asad Faruqi, co-producer Fazeelat Aslam, and associate producer Shahbaz Sumar.

In 2008, Mir Zafar Ali, a Pakistani citizen was one of the ‘Effects Technical Director’  on Golden Compass that Best Visual Effects award. But Saving Face is the first film shot in Pakistan and directed by a Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar.

Acid Survivors of Pakistan has documented over 150 acid attacks annually but assume the numbers are much higher as most crimes go unreported.  The majority of victims are women.  In 2010, following awareness campaigns from ASF, Pakistan’s Parliament enacted legislation dictating that acid violence is punishable by life imprisionment.

Obaid Chinoy points out that the success of SAVING FACE is due to its demonstration of Pakistanis successfully tackling this vexing Pakistani problem.

“This is more than an expose,” said Obaid Chinoy.  “This is a film demonstrating the bravery of Pakistanis confronting this problem, including the survivors themselves, with surprisingly hopeful results.”

“Acid violence is the worst form of violence that can be inflicted to any human being,” said Valerie Khan, Chairperson Acid Survivors Foundation, “We along with other numerous volunteers are committed to empowering the victims -mostly women and children- who, once turned into proactive autonomous survivors and democratic citizens, will join the momentum to ensure that acid violence is eradicated in Pakistan and that justice prevails.”

The Academy Awards are on February 26th and SAVING FACE will screen after them at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London.  The film was funded by HBO and UK Channel 4, who will be airing the film, respectively, in the US and UK.  No Pakistani broadcast has been committed at this time.

A portion of proceeds from the film are going to Acid Survivors Foundation, Islamic Help and the primary subjects of the film.


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First Pakistani Nomination Ever For Oscar for “Saving Faces”, Thank You Daniel And Sharmeen, ASF Team, Dr Jawad And The Survivors!

January 25th, 2012

First Pakistani documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy earns Oscar nomination

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 9:37:17 by


First Pakistani documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy earns Oscar nomination

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the renowned journalist and documentary maker, has become first Pakistani to earn an Oscar nomination with her film ‘Saving face, which was named in the “Documentary-short film” category.

Obaid, who has documented numerous short films, won an Emmy award, back in 2010, for her documentary, ‘Pakistan Children of the Taliban.

Commenting about this unique achievement, she observed, “I am speechless. It has reaffirmed my belief. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, if you put quality work out there, it will be appreciated. I hope I can make Pakistan proud by bringing home an Oscar.”

The documentary, ‘Saving Face’ is the story of two women from South Punjab who became victims of acid violence.

“It’s 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,” she had commented when her documentary was short-listed for nominations, back in October 2011.

According to the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill, the perpetrators of acid violence will be punished with imprisonment for life, and Obaid-Chinoy has captured that aspect in her latest project.

The documentary accounts the work of an acclaimed Pakistani-origin British plastic surgeon, Dr Muhammad Jawad, as he travels to Pakistan and performs reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid victims.

Acid violence, an extreme form of physical cruelty, is systemically describe in Pakistan; official statistics state that a hundred cases of acid violence are reported annually, though it is anticipated that the real figure is far bigger.

Due to structural inequalities, the women face immense difficulties to access the judicial system in addition to hoary cultural practices.

‘Saving Face’ is shot across twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, and the small towns of Punjab. It will be on-aired in the US on March 8, at HBO, while it is due to release in the UK later that month, on selected cinemas, following which it will be released in Pakistan.

She is very brave and chooses stories that touch the heart and turns them into movies that break it. She covered many stories ranging from ranging from child abuse, violence against women, terrorism and natural disasters.

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