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)