Pakistani Documentary selected for 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Canada

The Pakistani documentary “Saving Face” will be screened in Toronto on March 2 as part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which runs at TIFF Bell Lightbox from Feb 27 to March 6.

hrw-saving-faceSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Academy Award–winning 52-min documentary addresses one of Pakistan’s most unique, and horrific, social problems — the alarmingly frequent acid attacks on women, many of them perpetrated by spouses or other close family members — through the stories of two survivors attempting to bring their assailants to justice and move on with their lives.

“This is a festival of incredible characters and a festival of hope. We no longer live in a world where we can plead ignorance. For those seeking the truth, our festival offers personal and poignant glimpses into the world of survivors who in turn inspire us to care, to become active in the fight for human rights around the globe, ” said Helga Stephenson, Chair of the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, a co-presentation between Human Rights Watch and TIFF, returns for its 11th year in Toronto with eight films that bravely bear witness to human rights violations in Canada and around the globe, and make an impassioned call for social change through their empowering stories of perseverance, resilience and hope. Featuring selections from Cambodia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, France, the United Kingdom and the USA, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox on February 27 with The Square (2013), director Jehane Noujaim’s (Control Room) thrilling documentary chronicle of activism, unrest and revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and closes on March 6 with the world premiere of Canadian director Matthew Smiley’s hard-hitting documentary Highway of Tears (2013).

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