Finding Face: A Film About Violence Against Women


“‘Finding Face’ details the controversial case of Tat Marina, who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a rising star in Phnom Penh’s karaoke music scene. She was coerced into an abusive relationship with Cambodia’s Undersecretary of State, Svay Sitha, and subsequently doused with a liter of nitric acid—allegedly by his wife—that disfigured her face. A decade later, despite the fact that there were multiple witnesses to the crime, no charges have ever been filed in the case” (from the Finding Face website).

An associate professor of Women’s Studies at Oregon State University, filmmaker Patti Duncan. specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color in the United States, and Asian and Asian Pacific American women’s writings and experiences.
The event will include a discussion session with Lamia Karim, a UO associate professor of Anthropology, who researches acid burn survivors in Bangladesh.
ASUO Women’s Center, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), Trauma Healing Project and Women’s Space will have booths at the event. For information about how to get involved in helping survivors of acid attacks in Cambodia, go to Patti Duncan’s “Finding Face” website.
This film event is sponsored by the CSWS Women of Color Project.
Patti Duncan is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech (University of Iowa Press, 2004).

Location: EMU Ballroom, 1222 E. 13th Ave., University of Oregon campus