wins first Oscar for documentary film 'Saving Face'
27th February 2012
Face, a documentary featuring British/Pakistani plastic surgeon
Mohammad Jawad was awarded the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject
at the the 84th Academy Awards® last night, Sunday 26th February
2012. Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the documentary
chronicles the work of pioneering plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad
as he travels to his birthplace, Pakistan, to treat survivors of
radically disfiguring acid attacks, the majority of whom are women
targeted by family members. It will debut on HBO in the USA on 8th
March 2012, and be shown on Channel 4 in the UK in early April,
after being screened as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival
UK, on March 28th and 29th, 2012.
attacks on women in Pakistan are a not uncommon, if un-spoken about
phenomenon. 'Saving Face' is the story of two survivors of such
attacks their battle for justice and their journey of healing
through the pioneering surgical work of Mr Mohammad Jawad. I
am so grateful for the Academys recognition of this film and
the issues highlighted here. No-one who sees these women could fail
to be moved. Each beautiful in their own way, their lives have been
destroyed, their faces and bodies disfigured, often by members of
their own families.
are the real heroes here. They have been ostracised from society
following the terrible attacks that have been inflicted upon them.
I merely try to restore Gods creation, which has been destroyed
by such evil acts of human beings, in the best way I know how. I
hope that awareness of the cause will help to eradicate this beast
of a man-made disease from society. said Mr Jawad who was
catapulted to fame when the story of Katie Piper, the model disfigured
by a vicious acid attack was made into a documentary by Channel
4, 'My Beautiful Face'. As the surgeon who saved her face, is also
a trustee of the Katie Piper Foundation.
Jawad hopes that the public awareness generated by Saving Face will
serve as a global platform for the establishment of a charitable
foundation to enable him to build upon and expand his work with
burns victims in Third World countries. He plans to set up the Sarvat
Jawad Foundation, in honour of his mother, to additionally enable
skills transfer and allow him to pass on his invaluable expertise
to local surgeons.