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Happy International Women's Day: Watch Saving Face on HBO Tonight

Television
by Melissa Silverstein
March 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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I started today watching the harrowing Academy Award winning documentary Saving Face directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.  The film tells the story of women in Pakistan who have been disfigured and mutiliated by their loved ones just because they are women.  The women tried to escape abuse or bad marriages and the price they paid was their faces.  It is brutal. 

But there is hope.  Men did this because there were no consequences.  They could do it and nothing would happen to them.  But now a law has been passed and that is no longer the case.  One of the survivors Zakia was the first woman whose case was tried under the law and her husband got two life terms in jail.  Also, the film tells the story of a Pakistani born doctor Mohammad Jawad who comes back to his homeland to help give these women their lives back.  He helps them and recreates their faces so they can come out from the shadows and reclaim their lives.

If you are not moved by the women in this film you have a heart of stone.  It reminded me of how far we have to go to protect women and girls in our world.

It premieres tonight at 8:30pm on HBO.

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