"Saving Face" team launches anti-acid campaign

Pakistan’s first Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Tuesday launched an anti-acid campaign hoping her award winning documentary about survivors of acid attack, “Saving Face” will help eliminate the crime from the society.

Sharmeen’s “Saving Face” won the short documentary category at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.

The film follows survivors fighting to bring their attackers to justice. It also focuses on the work of British Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad, who helped the survivors restore their faces and lives.

According to a survey, the acid attacks disfigure around 200 women a year in Pakistan. The team behind the film is now planning to launch a campaign to raise awareness about acid attacks and strengthen legislation against the violence.

 “The film must be more than an expose of horrendous crimes, it must be a recipe for addressing the problem and a hope for the future,” Daniel Junge, the co-director of the documentary said on the official website

“The campaign is mainly aimed at making our society more humane and better to live. It is to help and remedy those who are victims of such brutality and injustice,” Obaid-Chinoy’s mother, Saba, told the media reporters.

“Saving Face is uniquely positioned to advance awareness, education and prevention efforts,” the website says.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated eight functional units of ‘Prime Minister’s National Health Complex’, at National Institute of Health, beginning a new era in healthcare at NIH.