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Saving Face premiers on Thursday, March 8 at 8:30pm/7:30 Central (HBO and Channel 4, U.K.)

Academy Award-winning best documentary short Saving Face is, on its surface, a hero’s journey involving a successful native son who returns to his homeland to tackle a seemingly insurmountable social ill.

The affable Pakistani-born, London-based plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad has traveled to Pakistan ten times since 2009, volunteering his time to treat over 50 courageous women. These women – the film’s real stars – have been horribly disfigured in acid attacks at the hands of abusive husbands, in-laws, and rejected suitors.

But Saving Face, which premiers on March 8, International Women’s Day, raises larger issues about this global human rights atrocity — and how simple endings are seldom that easy.


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