BIFF 2020
Saving Face

Saving Face

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They refuse to lose face.

Every year in Pakistan, many people, the majority of which are women, are victimized by brutal acid attacks. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or someone else known by the victim, receive minimal if any punishment. SAVING FACE chronicles the lives of two such accid-attack survivors, Zakia and Rukhsana, as they attempt to bring their assiliants to justice and move on with their lives.

DANIEL JUNGE is an Oscar-award winning documentary filmmaker. His first feature-length film, CHIEFS (2002), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS. His subsequent feature, IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA (2007) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on over fifty broadcasters worldwide including PBS and the BBC. THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY (2008), his third feature film, won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival before broadcasting on HBO and earning a 2010 Emmy nomination for Best Investigative Journalism. JUNGE’s film THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER (2009) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2010. SAVING FACE (2012) won Best Documentary Short this year.