8.1/10
1,165
5 user 8 critic

Saving Face (2012)

Trailer
1:07 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (HD) on Amazon Video

Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad returns to his native Pakistan to help those left horribly scarred by acid attacks.
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system.

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Stars: Asad Jamal, Saba
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Song of Lahore follows several Pakistani musicians, and asks if there is still room for them in a society roiled by conflict. Featuring the music of the Sachal Jazz Ensemble, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Directors: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken
Honor Diaries (2013)
Documentary | Crime | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Several Muslim women activists discuss their stories and the state of women's rights in Muslim-majority nations.

Directors: Micah Smith, Micah Smith
Stars: Raheel Raza, Raquel Evita Saraswati, Juliana Taimoorazy
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

One woman's quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.

Director: Cecilia Peck
Stars: Linor Abargil, Morgan Carpenter, Joan Collins
Body Team 12 (2015)
Documentary | Short | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the ... See full summary »

Director: David Darg
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at ... See full summary »

Directors: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Smile Pinki (2008)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip.

Director: Megan Mylan
Stars: Anti Chauhan, Ghutaru Chauhan, Virendra Kumar Das
Saving Face (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu
Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Counselors provide support, guidance and hope to despondent servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.

Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Fight Church (2014)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Academy Award Winning Director, Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) team up with producers Eben Kostbar and ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel
Stars: Paul Burress, John Renken, Nahshon Nicks
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Aliza Sommer-Herz, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards.

Director: Malcolm Clarke
Stars: Aliza Sommer-Herz, Zdenka Fantlova, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS follows three women in an all female, predominantly Muslim unit of police officers sent to post-earthquake Haiti as UN Peacekeepers for one year.... See full summary »

Directors: Geeta Gandbhir, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Mohammad Jawad ...
Himself - Plastic Surgeon
Edit

Storyline

Every year hundreds of people -- mostly women -- are attacked with acid in Pakistan. SAVING FACE follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has returned to his homeland to help them restore their faces and their lives. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Saving Face - Gebt mir mein Gesicht zurück  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Frost Over the World: Episode dated 31 March 2012 (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Depressing to imagine, and impossible to justify
9 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I doubt anything shown on TV in the month of March will be as haunting or as oppressing as Saving Face, which took home the award for Best Documentary Short at The 84th Academy Awards - the first award given to a film from Pakistan. The film's subject matter is touchy, but its delivery is more than commendable. It tells the depressing stories of women who have been victim to acid attacks in Pakistan, yet offers optimism and hope that justice will be served at one point in time.

We're taken to Islamabad, where we are informed that hundreds of women are victim to acid attacks each year, and many are left unreported. One of the women, named Zakia, must resort to walking around town with her face wrapped in a sheet, with her eyes behind sunglasses. She states that her husband was a drug addict and an alcoholic who would suck up all her money. When there was no more money, she'd be abused and deemed lazy. It wasn't long until her husband dowsed her in acid leaving almost half of her face in unprecedented condition.

Another woman, this one pregnant, by the name of Rukhsana, stated that her husband threw acid on her face, followed by being soaked with gasoline by her sister-in-law, before being lit on fire by her mother-in-law. The husband, now in prison, states that she lit herself aflame, and that half the women in the Islamabad burn unit have done such an act to themselves. It's more than unforgivable to commit a crime of this magnitude, and then to say that the victim committed an act of self-harm.

The film not only follows the lives of these women, letting them tell their stories the way they want them to be told, but also focuses on Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a plastic surgeon working in London who travels back to his homeland to operate on victims of acid attacks. Jawad is an admirable figure, one who speaks softly and is clearly proud of his contribution to the women of Islamabad.

So many Academy Award winning shorts are left unseen, and thanks to HBO, which will be airing this short all through the month of March, that will not be the case with Saving Face. This is a remarkable documentary, one that could've easily been of feature film status, depicting inequalities between men and women in separate countries. One of the most painful lines to hear in the film is when Rukhsana states that she hopes she gives birth to a boy so that his adult life won't be as ominous and as consumed with fear as one a woman must endure.

Saving Face is inconceivable and brilliant in its efforts to document a crime largely unknown to Americans. Sadly, the attacks are starting to take place around the globe. I remember seeing a TV special talking about an English model named Katie Piper, whose acid attack left her face very rigid, rough, and irreversible. The thought of people resorting to the level of permanent facial damage to a woman is depressing to imagine, most likely immensely disheartening to experience, and impossible to justify. Thankfully, we have documentaries like this one to inform and enlighten us.

Starring: Zakia, Rukhsana, and Dr. Mohammad Jawad. Directed by: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and Daniel Junge.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page