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2012 Oscar-Winning Film "Saving Face" Screening and Q&A on February 27

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The Oscar-winning documentary short film for 2012, Saving Face—a story about two survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan—will be screened at Pomona College and followed by a Q&A with director and producer Daniel Junge and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohammed Ali Jawad. This event will be held at Pomona College on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in Rose Hills Theatre (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid; the majority are women and many more go unreported. Saving Face is the story of two survivors of such attacks, their battle for justice and their journey of healing. Saving Face follows their personal stories and that of the nation of Pakistan, which is attempting to tackle this vexing social problem.

Zakia is a 39-year old woman who had acid thrown on her by her husband after filing for divorce and vows to find justice and restore her face to some normality. Rukhsana is a 23-year old woman who was attacked by her husband and in-laws and forced to reconcile with them. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jawad, who earned prominence for restoring the face of British model Katie Piper after an acid attack, has left the comfort of his London home to return to his home country of Pakistan and help the victims of such attacks.

Junge's film credits include Chiefs (Best Documentary, 2002 Tribeca Film Festival) and the HBO documentaries They Killed Sister Dorothy (Emmy nominee) and The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (Oscar nominee).

For more information, contact andrabis@hotmail.com or dfarooqui@earthlink.net.