27 February 2012

Film documentary Saving Face last night won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. The film, co-directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, highlights the plight of women in Pakistan who face the threat of being burned with acid if they jilt a mans advances or get into an argument with a man. In her acceptance speech, Sharmeen said: All the women in Pakistan working for change, don't give up on your dreams, this is for you.She hopes the film will bring the plight of women in Pakistan to light and reduce the number of women suffering these terrible attacks, which can disfigure, blind and even kill women. According to a report by The Telegraph newspaper, more than 100 acid attacks against women are reported each year in Pakistan, although the figure is believe to be much higher, with many going unrecorded. The harrowing documentary follows Dr Mohammad Jawad, who is best known for performing plastic surgery on acid attack victim Katie Piper. In an interview with the same newspaper, Dr Jawad said: The women who decided to be a part of the documentary did so because they wanted to make their voices heard and wanted to bring attention to this form of assault. "The main reason that they are in Saving Face is to make their stories heard and have an impact."