in an era when the young take up voice, risk their lives to speak out against violence against women, and even speak at the UN against injustice wrought on girls and women, it is no surprise that a film like saving face has had such an impact in the cinematic world, garnering as many nominations.
malala yousefzi spent her 16th birthday speaking at the UN, leaving us with very powerful words : “the terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. strength, power and courage was born.”
she called on people everywhere to pick up books and pens for these are “our most powerful weapons.” for females like her “one child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. education is the only solution. education first.”
in the visual world, the documentary SAVING FACE is a moving and inspirational film, profiling the courageous journeys of female acid attack victims in Pakistan and plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who returned to his home country to assist them. Directed by American filmmaker Daniel Junge (IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA) and Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, SAVING FACE is an intimate look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each woman’s personal experience and showing a different face of a country often in the headlines as terrorist news. it’s terrorism alright, but terrorism against girls and women this time, which has always existed, but is now showing its face since it has become too much for girls and women to hide or dismiss. the film was nominated for 5 Emmy® Awards:
* Best Documentary
* Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
* Outstanding Research
* Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form;
* Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form.
on the 16th birth day of malala yousefzi, and 1st birthday of saving face, may they both have many happy returns and viewings!