Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid — the majority are women. Many more go unreported. SAVING FACE is the story of two survivors of such attacks — their battle for justice and their journey of healing.

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. Mohammad 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.

SAVING FACE follows their personal stories and that of the nation of Pakistan, which is attempting to tackle this vexing social problem.


An HBO, Jungefilm and Milkhaus production
Supported by Naked Edge Films

  • Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Produced by Davis Coombe, Daniel Junge and Alison Greenberg

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