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Video: Oscar-Winning Short 'Saving Face' Debuts on HBO March 8

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 27, 2012 at 4:29PM

The Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, "Saving Face," will debut on HBO March 8. On the Oscar red carpet, I spoke to filmmakers Daniel Junge and Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -- the first Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar, much less win one
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Saving Face

The Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, "Saving Face," will debut on HBO March 8. On the Oscar red carpet, I spoke to filmmakers Daniel Junge and Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -- the first Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar, much less win one -- about the horrific practice of men throwing acid into the faces of women in Pakistan (see below).

The disfigured women have one saviour, Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a plastic surgeon who tries to help them move on with their lives. During filming, Pakistani women parliamentarians showed testimony of victims of acid violence, and successfully enacted legislation to punish these perpetrators more severely, with life imprisonment. This is yet another case of a movie helping to change the world.

The film was produced by Davis Coombe, Daniel Junge, Alison Greenberg, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Sabiha Sumar and exec produced by HBO Documentary Films' Lisa Heller and Sheila Nevins. (My recent interview with Nevins is here.)

This article is related to: Short Film, Academy Awards, Awards, Awards, Documentary, HBO Films, HBO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.