Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Colorado filmmaker among Oscar nominees

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Some good news for Colorado College alum Daniel Junge.


The filmmaker, who we interviewed in mid-2008 for his film They Killed Sister Dorothy, received his second Oscar nomination yesterday.

His first was in 2009 for the short film The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner.

This nod is for Saving Face, which as this Denver Post article explains, is another short film, this time about the survivors of acid attacks (women burned by their husbands) in Pakistan.

According to the Post, the film will screen on HBO sometime in March.

Here's some more info from the Saving Face website:

Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid — the majority women. Many more go unreported. The new documentary 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. She 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 practice to return to his home country of Pakistan and help the victims of such attacks.

SAVING FACE is a new documentary following their personal stories and that of the nation of Pakistan coming attempting to tackle this vexing social problem.

Directed by Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Daniel Junge and Emmy winning Pakistan director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

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