A Pakistani director won her country’s first Oscar for a filmmaker for “Saving Face,” a short documentary about acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover.
The film by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy follows survivors among hundreds of people attacked every year, and focuses on British Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad, who returned to his homeland to help restore their faces and lives.
“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,” said Obaid-Chinoy, referring to her co-director Daniel Junge.
Jawad was 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,” she added.
She also paid tribute to “all the women in Pakistan who are working for change — don’t give up on your dreams. This is for you.”