The Chicago Council on Global Affairs held a screening and discussion with co-director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for the short subject documentary, Saving Face. Dan Casey, Dolores Connolly, and Zahra Sandberg from Sterling Engineering were in attendance at this event.
Every year in Pakistan, there are at least one hundred people attacked with acid, the majority of which are women, with many more attacks going unreported. Saving Face is the story of two survivors of such attacks, their battle for justice, and their journey of healing. The film follows their personal stories and the nation of Pakistan as it attempts to tackle this vexing social problem.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is an Emmy® and Oscar® award-winning documentary filmmaker. TIME magazine recognized her as one of the top 100 most influential people in 2012. She has worked in over ten countries to produce internationally acclaimed films including Pakistan’s Taliban Generation, which is the recipient of the Alfred I Dupont Award and the Association for International Broadcasting award. Her other films include Afghanistan Unveiled and a series of documentaries for Channel 4 for which she was awarded Broadcast Journalist of the Year by One World Media. She is the first non-American to receive the Livingston Award for International Reporting and is a TED senior fellow. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and currently lives there with her husband and daughter.
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