Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge’s Saving Face has won the Best Documentary Short Film at the 84th Oscar award ceremony at Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is Pakistan’s first Oscar nominee. Today is a momentous day in Pakistan’s history as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has brought her country it’s first ever Oscar award. Pakistan in recent times has been badly wounded by acts of terrorism, corruption and injustice. Sharmeen’s work highlights injustice in particular, which has plagued the nation since time immemorial. The 84th Oscar awards will also be remembered for the victory of two neighbours. Earlier, Iran’s ‘A Separation’ by Asghar Faradhi won the award for the Best Drama Film. This is a rare occasion where two neighboring countries like Pakistan and Iran have won an Oscar at the same time. This is a significant achievement for both, Pakistan and Iran, who have shown the world today that they are talented enough to create works of high acclaim.

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Saving Face is a 2011 documentary short film shot in Pakistan about acid attacks on women. The film is directed by American director Daniel Junge and Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and follows London-based Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad as he returns to his home country to help victims of acid violence.The film also features two women attacked by acid and their struggle for justice and healing. Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan, which is featured in the film, had documented over 100 acid attacks a year in Pakistan but estimates far more due to lack of reporting. The majority of victims are women.

Saving Face will air on HBO on March 8th.

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