Saving Face

  |  Book Tickets: 23/03/2012
  |  52 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


When Zakia took her husband to divorce court, he did what hundreds of Pakistani men do to their wives every year: he threw acid in her face. In this society, where “honour” means everything, the easy availability of farming acid, and lack of prosecution has led to the escalation of this most horrific of crimes. But Zakia is determined to obtain justice – and hopes a new law will imprison her tormentor for life. Fellow sufferer Rukhsana’s plight is even worse, as she is forced to still live with the family who scarred her – but is kept away from her daughter. Both women’s husbands lie brazenly to the camera, confident their word will be believed. For many of Pakistan's acid attack victims, hope for returning to normalcy lies with Dr Mohammad Jawad. He came to prominence after reconstructing the face of Katie Piper and is now hoping to work his magic on Zakia and Rukhsana.