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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Saving Face

Saving Face is an amazing  film about acid attacks on women in Pakistan.  This film, directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge, won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject), making Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Pakistan's first Oscar winner.

**The film follows London-based Pakistani plastic surgeon, Dr. Mohammad 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 against women due to cultural and structural inequalities towards women from Pakistani Muslim men. 

The film also features two women attacked by acid and their struggle for justice and healing. The 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. **

This is one of the most moving documentaries I have watched for a long time.  If you haven't already seen it, you can read more on the Saving Face website HERE which also shows a short trailer.

Or you can watch the entire documentary online by clicking on one of the links  HERE


** ....** quoted from Wikipedia

21 comments:

  1. I have heard about it and will be watching xx

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    1. It's refreshing to watch a documentary which has such a positive outcome Bomb.

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  2. I'm glad someone is opening up to this...this is just horrible. We have quite a few Pakistani's here....and I know they still think like that against the women. I went to one Dr. here who has a Pakistani background but grew up in Scotland and now lives here. Well when I went to him a couple of times he's telling me that women in North America have too much freedom......I switched Dr.'s.
    They also do 'honour killings' here.....we just had one where 3 family members were sentenced for life in prison for doing this to 3 sisters and the 2nd wife....and this is in Canada.
    Thanks for sharing this post...I will watch this.

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    1. Sadly honour killings are still occurring in some parts of Turkey. Women here are finding their voices I'm pleased to say. They are speaking out against domestic violence too, and it would seem that they are at last being listened to.

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    2. Thinner Addict4 April 2012 at 16:25

      Kurdistan?

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    3. Thinner Addict: Welcome. I assume you mean that it happens in Kurdistan too? Maybe you could expand a bit on your comment?

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    4. Thinner Addict4 April 2012 at 19:37

      No. I mean, is the part of Turkey you mentioned Kurdistan?

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    5. Thinner Addict: Yes I see what you mean, although Kurdistan of course encompasses parts of Iraq, Iran and Syria as well as Turkey. But yes the eastern part of Turkey is where this continues to happen. Things are changing for the better I'm pleased to say. This article from the Guardian dated August last year, is particularly interesting in that it seems that not only women are speaking out, but men too. At last people are realising that this isn't just a family problem to be hidden behind closed doors, but it's everyone's problem.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/23/turkey-domestic-violence-honour-killings

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    6. Thinner Addict4 April 2012 at 23:53

      Don`t you think it is misleading not to point out the ethnicity of these criminals, as at least 90 percent of honor killings in Turkey are carried out in Kurdistan or by the Kurdish immigrants in the Turkish cities?
      In the article you posted, the writer presents a few Kurdish honor killings as if they were committed by Turks. In the whole article, we don`t see a single reference to Kurds whereas the words "Turkish" and "Muslim" are quite abundant in number.
      As it`s totally acceptable for the christian media to point out the religion of persons who commit such crimes, why can`t they do the same thing when it comes to the Kurdish criminals?

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    7. Well Thinner Addict, I think you would need to seek the answer to your question from the writer of the article?

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    8. Thinner Addict5 April 2012 at 11:11

      Sure I could ask that to the writer, but I wonder about your opinion as you seem to be quite interested in the subject. Don't you have anything to say about this hypocrisy?

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    9. Thinner Addict. You seem to be moving away from the original subject of my post, in a way that appears to be anti-Kurdish. And you seem to want me to agree with you. I live alongside Turks and Kurds, and I don't judge people on their race, colour, beliefs or religion. I post topics of interest on my blog but I won't get into any racist debates. If this is something you wish to pursue, I'm sure you can find a forum somewhere on the internet which would satisfy your need for debate on this issue, but you won't find it here on this blog.

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    10. Thinner Addict5 April 2012 at 13:01

      "Saving Face also broaches the subject of the under-reporting of acid violence against women due to cultural and structural inequalities towards women from Pakistani Muslim men"

      You don't hesitate to bring up the religion of these criminals and somehow that doesn't make you anti-muslim. Yet, when I say that those crimes are carried out by Kurds, it makes me anti-Kurd.

      You don't have anything to say about this hypocrisy?

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    11. Thinner Addict: Those are not my words they are quoted as I have made very clear on my post.

      And no I have nothing further to say.

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    12. Thinner Addict5 April 2012 at 14:26

      If they are not your words and if you are not anti-muslim, why do you post such an anti-muslim movie and praise it to your readers? And why don't you blame the producers of this movie of being ant-muslims as you blame me of being anti-Kurd?

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    13. Thinner Addict. You are very persistent and way off track. I am not anti-muslim but I am very much anti violence from men towards women. I posted this movie and praised it because it is an issue that has been dealt with not only by the introduction of new legislation, but by the kindness of a British doctor who is doing his utmost to help these brave women.

      Now pleased rest assured that I have absolutely nothing further to discuss with you and I have tried politely to get this message across to you. If you persist in trolling this blog, any future comments from you will not be published.

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  3. I do wonder how much legislation will change things...I hope that proper enforcement will be made a priority.
    Still, a documentary showing hope for once!

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    1. I agree Fly...it's the enforcement of the law that is the most important thing. I'm not sure you can change attitudes overnight. But it's a step in the right direction thankfully.

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  4. Thanks for highlighting this, Ayak. I'd read about these dreadful attacks, of course, but hadn't heard about the film. I'll look out for it now.

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    1. It's well worth watching Perpetua. I'm afraid I cried through most of it, simply because I was so moved by the courage of these women, and the work being done by this lovely doctor.

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  5. Some of you may get email notifications of new comments on my posts in which case you will have noticed the comments from Thinner Addict. I have been around the internet long enough to recognise a troll when I come across one. I have tried to be polite in my exchanges with him/her, but they refuse to accept that I do not wish to get into any debate about race on my blog. My sole intention in posting about this documentary was to highlight the way in which something is being done about this one aspect of violence by men to women. It's not about race or religion, and if any of my regular followers have been offended by my post about this film, please let me know.

    As stated to Thinner Addict, I wasn't prepared to publish any more of his/her comments. However, I have just received one more saying this:

    "Good to see you can`t answer. Typical hypocrite christian behavior"

    Which confirms that I was right...this person is indeed a troll and I shouldn't have given them the time of day.

    And for your information Thinner Addict, I am not a hypocrite. I am not a christian...I am agnostic, but I respect the beliefs of others, and I will NOT be dragged into any conversation regarding religion or race.

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