SAVING FACE arrives in Birmingham: Healing the victims of acid attacks
By Iqbal Tamimi
Every year, hundreds of people, most of them women, are
attacked with acid in Pakistan. Many cases go unreported.
Academy Award winning Documentary: SAVING FACE is a powerful
and moving documentary about one of those attacks will be screened in
Birmingham. It is a heart-breaking human documentary about 39-year-old Zakia
and 23-year-old Rukhsana from the Punjab province as they journey to emotional
and physical healing.
‘Savinf Face’ has won the Academy Award in 2012 for best
screening and Discussion will be held at The Drum, UK’s
premier Black-led arts centre in Birmingham, dedicated to the development ,
celebration and presentation of African, Asian and Caribbean arts and cultural
Saving Face, the 52 minutes documentary produced by Filmmakers:
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge in 2011 in Pakistan, will be screened on
SUN 17 JUNE 7pm and Tuesday, 12 June, 2012 18:54 at the Main Auditorium.
Saving Face also bears witness to work of the London-based
plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad who came to prominence after restoring the
face of British model Katie Piper and now travels to Pakistan to work with
victims of acid attacks. The film also features the work of Islamabad-based
Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan in supporting women like Zakia and
Rukhsana in their battle for justice.
The screening is followed by a Q&A with the film’s
director Daniel Junge, Katie Piper (Channel4; My Beautiful Face, My Beautiful
Friends, The Science of Seeing Again), Dr Teri Kelly, Zaheer Khan and Kamran
Faisal from Islamic Help.
‘She is brave, talented & determined and I think what
she’s doing with Katie Piper Foundation is incredible’ said Simon Cowell on
The Drum in association with Islamic Help, Women’s
Networking Hub, Amine Women’s Group and Women2gether will present Saving Face.
Audience will be contributing £5 (£4).