Acid attack is not new on screen. Documentaries have been made on them the world over. The Pakistani documentary short film Saving Face (2012) directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge won an Emmy Award and the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. The film was inspired from the life of acid victim Fakhra Younus, who committed suicide in 2012. I have wept both times I watched (American director) David Lynch's Elephant Man (1980). Actor John Hurt played the cruelly misformed John Merrick—a man whose rare disease was exploited as "the original elephant man" by the people running a Victorian freak show. Lynch shot the film in black-and-white, and Hurt is brilliant in the role (he lost the Best Actor Oscar to Robert De Niro for Raging Bull). In his anguished eyes and mournful body language, the actor projected a humanity past the prosthetics that embodied the pain of Merrick.