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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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