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Saving Face

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Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2012

Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid -the majority women. Many more go unreported. The new documentary Saving Face is the story of two survivors of such attacks , their battle for justice and their journey of healing.
Zakia is a 39-year old woman who had acid thrown on her by her husband after filing for divorce. She vows to find justice and restore her face to some normality. Rukhsana is a 23-year old woman who was attacked by her husband and in-laws and forced to reconcile with them.  Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad -who earned prominence for restoring the face of British model Katie Piper after an acid attack- has left the comfort of his London practice to return to his home country of Pakistan and help the victims of such attacks.



Pakistan, United States 2012, 52 min.


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When & where?

  • Monday, March 26, 2012 - 20:00

    Theater aan het Spui 1, The Hague

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Special screening presented in cooperation with the Prins Claus Fund. Please register through this link.

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