New Delhi: 'Saving Face' the documentary on the rehabilitation of acid attack victims in Pakistan won the Best Documentary (Short Subject)at the Oscars. 'Saving Face' tells the stories of two acid-attack survivors - Zakia and Rukhsana, their arduous attempts to bring their assailants to justice, and the charitable work of London-based, Pakistani-born plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad, who strives to help these women put this horrific act behind them and move on with their lives.
Here's the onstage speech given by directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:
Daniel Junge: Well, it's more important that the Pakistani on the stage speak instead of me, but I just quickly want to simply thank HBO, Sheila Nevins, Lisa Heller for making this film possible, my wife Erin and our editor Davis, but please, please, Sharmeen, speak.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Daniel and I want to dedicate this award to all the heroes working on the ground in Pakistan including Dr. Mohammad Jawad who's here with us today, the plastic surgeon working on rehabilitating all these women, Rukhsana and Zakia who are our main subjects of the film whose resilience and bravery in the face of such adversity is admirable, and to all the women in Pakistan who are working for change, don't give up on your dreams. This is for you.