Documentary on Birmingham charity wins Emmy award

25th Oct 2013

Documentary featuring the work of a Birmingham charity win at the Emmys

[Saving Face Directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy pose with the Emmy’s]


By Elham Asaad Buaras


An Oscar-winning documentary featuring the work of a Birmingham charity has received more accolades in television’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.


Saving Face, which highlights the plight of acid attack victims and won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2012, was awarded the Best Documentary and Outstanding Editing at the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York on October 1.


Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, it profiles two survivors of acid violence in Pakistan and follows them as they try to come to terms with their attacks, rebuild their lives and bring the perpetrators to justice.


The film highlights the work of Balsall Heath-based Islamic Help with survivors of acid violence. The charity has funded surgery as well as setting up rehabilitation and livelihood projects for hundreds of victims in countries like Pakistan, Cambodia, Uganda and Nepal.


Its work has been praised by the Princess Royal and its supporters include British model Katie Piper, who suffered third degree burns when a former boyfriend arranged for acid to be thrown in her face.


Speaking about the Emmy win, Obaid-Chinoy said, “I would like to thank the team behind Saving Face for their hard work and continued efforts in raising awareness; I hope the film continues to help bring this issue to the forefront and serves to start dialogue and action.”


The awards mark the second Emmy win for the Obaid-Chinoy, who previously received the accolade in the Current Affairs category for her documentary Children of the Taliban.


Islamic Help’s fundraising and communications Director, Zaheer Khan, told The Muslim News: “Its subject matter doesn’t often attract attention and while it’s rare for acid attacks in Britain, there have been one or two cases recently which have brought it to public attention and highlighted the physical and psychological devastation it can cause.


“The awards to Saving Face and the attention it brings to our work can only help those victims.”



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