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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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