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On May 22 USIP hosted a special screening of the Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face,” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on the documentary, and more broadly on the state of Pakistan’s women and how acid attack violence presents an opportunity for a greater role for women in addressing Pakistan’s challenges.

In February 2012, Pakistan celebrated its first Oscar winner, the Karachi-born and raised Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary “Saving Face” won the Academy Award for Documentary (Short Subject). The documentary follows two survivors of acid attacks, Zakia and Rukhsana, highlighting the challenges they face in recovery and in achieving justice. In March, Pakistan received a somber reminder of the depth of these challenges with the suicide of Fakhra Younas, a Pakistani woman grievously wounded in a May 2000 acid attack, for which her ex-husband was acquitted.

On May 22 USIP hosted a special screening of “Saving Face,” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on the documentary, and more broadly on the state of Pakistan’s women and how acid attack violence presents an opportunity for a greater role for women in addressing Pakistan’s challenges.

Featuring:

  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    Oscar and Emmy-winning Documentary Filmmaker; and
    Co-Director, "Saving Face"
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, moderator
    Director, Gender and Peacebuilding Center, Centers of Innovation
    U.S. Institute of Peace

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