Thursday, March 24, 2016

Saving Face (2012)

Academy Awards, USA 2012

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Daniel Junge
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Victims of horrendous "acid attacks" in Pakistan seek comfort and reconstructive surgery from a visiting London doctor. He listens in disbelief to their stories about husbands, bosses or boyfriends who disfigured them, usually because they refused their proposals of sex. The surgeon can only do so much, but it is clear just his presence helps immensely. Progress on the political front is championed by a member of Parliament who successfully enacts a new law mandating a life sentence for these crimes. There is enough material here to expand to a full-length feature, more back story on the victims for example, so I felt a little slighted at the end of 40 minutes.

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