Filmmakers, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, spoke to a sold out crowd at New York’s Asia Society, about their 2012 Academy Award winning documentary (short subject), Saving Face. The film focuses on two women who were the victims of their husband’s acid violence against them. According to the film, about 100 Pakistani women are the victims of acid violence, usually by a husband or family member. But the situation is not just a Pakistani problem, it’s a global problem, affecting women in the UK, Uganda, India, Cambodia and many other countries.Junge and Obaid-Chinoy spoke about the genesis of the film, and the outreach campaign they are undertaking to protect woman from this unspeakable violence, and to make sure those responsible are properly punished, and the women and their children are protected. The filmmakers are partnering with the Acid Survivors Foundation, Pakistan, that helps women advocate for themselves and re-enter their communities.
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The film airs on HBO, Thursday, March 8, 8:30 p.m., and be can be accessed by HBO GO.
View the trailer.