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MIPTV Picks 2012: Saving Face

The winner of the 2012 Academy Award for best documentary short film is a gripping exploration of a grim reality in Southeast Asia - the growing scourge of acid violence.
March 24, 2012

The winner of the 2012 Academy Award for best documentary short film is a gripping exploration of a grim reality in Southeast Asia – the growing scourge of acid violence. Increasingly, the horrifying tactic of throwing acid onto women’s bodies and faces is being used by men as a form of twisted retribution for spurned sexual advances or marriage proposals. The film highlights the stories of two Pakistani women who have experienced the crime and who are attempting to move forward in their lives, and the efforts of a plastic surgeon who is volunteering to help these women and others like them.

Partners: Milkhaus and Jungefilm for HBO and Channel 4, distributed by ro*co international

Length: 52 minutes

Aired: March (HBO U.S.), Spring 2012 (Channel 4)

Rights available: All territories except North America, UK and Pakistan (pending)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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