During the night of the Oscar’s, an award was given for a film not too familiar to the general public. Pakistan’s “Saving Face”, a 40-minute documentary focuses on the senseless acid attacks against women in Pakistan, was this year’s winner for Best Documentary Short.
After the film’s victory at the Oscars, a first for Pakistan, co-director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 33, gave a stirring speech in which she dedicated the film to “all the women in Pakistan who are working for change.”, and adding, “Don’t give up on your dreams.”
Obaid-Chinoy is Pakistani, and was born in Karachi to Urdu speaking parents. She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government, and from Stanford University with a master’s in International Policy Studies in 2003, and a master’s in Communication in 2004.
Web interest in the film immediately jumped after the Oscar win. Yahoo! searches for the film surged an astounding 3,362%, demonstrating that people are clearly interested in learning about the history and reasoning behind these horrifying acid attacks.
“Saving Face” is set to air on March 8th on HBO.