Tat Marina was not expecting to be beaten to the ground and having her face and body covered in burning acid.
After 10 years and 25 surgeries later, Marina today is spreading awareness about acid attacks and violence against women, something that still exists today all over the world.
In 1999, the 16-year-old rising karaoke singer from Cambodia was in a relationship she did not want. He was older and much more powerful. A gun around kept her quiet and soon Marina was trapped in a threatened household with no escape.
The worst came after. After finding out this man, one that was madly in love with her, was already married, Marina without any warning or threat was attacked by the man’s wife. Covered in acid from her face to her body, her life became a “living hell.”
Now, directors Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan have tried to piece together Marina’s life and spread the story of how violence against women still exists today in their film Finding Face. The documentary, which released in March 2009, is a true account of Marina’s story and how her scars will last a life time.
In the documentary, you also see the reaction from Marina herself, something to acknowledge since many women would never have the chance. According to the film, the highest acid attacks are in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, showing that this is not a third world country’s issues, but something that is experienced everywhere.
In Marina’s case however, is it important to know that justice has not been served for the perpetrators, another reason the directors find this issue even more important.
Marina, was granted asylum to enter the United States but still experiences a “shattered self-image” and “escape a constant state of fear.” With the continuing fight to end violence against women all over the world, both Marina and the directors hope this story will inspire many to get involved.
Here is the Finding Face trailer:
There is also a graphic novel Shake Girl about Marina’s story and can be read online.
Here is what you can do to get involved:
– Raise awareness about the film
– Contribute to either the general fund, attacked survivors or Human Rights Organizations
– Fight for justice for Marina and other survivors of acid violence
More information about how to get involved can be found here.