When faced with reality

Jul 24, 2012, 10:13 IST | Fiona Fernandez

It took guts, grit and plenty of patience for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistani director and champion of multiple causes across the globe, to document another saga with her lens � this time, it was a struggle and eventual victory for countless acid attack victims in the Saraiki belt of Punjab in Pakistan.

Along with Daniel Junge, the duo worked on Saving Face — the 2012 Academy award-winning documentary (short subject) that swept away the jury in February with its stirring chronicles about women like Zakia and Rukhsana who faced the wrath of this dastardly deed. 


Dr Mohammad Jawad examines the face of acid attack victim Zakia

Their struggle, the support from doctors like Dr Mohammad Jawad, NGOs, Acid Survivors Foundation-Pakistan, attorney Sarkar Abbass who fights Zakia’s case, and female politician Marvi Memon helped take this cause to another level.
The documentary crisscrosses between a nation and victims caught in different conflicts of sorts, at ground level, and in the throes of a socio-economic catharsis.

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